Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) Shares Downgraded at CJS Securities

Shares of Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) were downgraded by analysts at CJS Securities in a note to their investors today.With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $25.60. The one-year price target of $19.50 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $24.16, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Important and fundamental changes in the company’s actions, future ision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the initial recommendation.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) opened at $24.16 yesterday and traded in a range between, $24.16 and $24.91, and last traded at $24.73, a drop of $0.10 over the previous closing price.

Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) currently has a market cap of 242.16M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 67,942 shares out of a total float 8,759,000 and some 19,234 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 46 percent below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders can make smarter trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) have ranged from $11.19 – 25.60, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.88 and 200-day MA of $20.47. Today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $25.60.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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