Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) Stock Gets Downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and Avnet Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $44.63, above the opening price of $40.36. Avnet Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $46.95. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) opened at $40.36 yesterday and traded in a range between, $40.10 and $41.08, and last traded at $40.33, a dip of $1.56 compared to the previous closing price.

Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) currently has a market cap of 5.14B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,095,380 shares out of a total float 126,465,000 and some 2,324,198 shares traded hands yesterday, 106 percent above normal. Substantial expansions in trading volume and price inflation together could signal excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders can make more effective judgments on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) have ranged from $37.10 – 46.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $41.05 and 200-day MA of $41.58. Today’s last price is 0.14% under the 52 week high of $46.95.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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