Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) Shares Downgraded at Morgan Stanley

Shares of Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) were downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Underweight on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $46.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $48.23. Commerce Bancshares Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $51.30. Important and major digressions in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially 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 index 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

Yesterday Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) shares last traded at $49.04, a decrease of $0.02 from the previous closing price. Opening at $48.23, they fluctuated from $48.18 and $49.25 throughout the day.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) now has a market cap of 4.73B.

103,530 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 87 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 82,740,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) now has a 50-day MA of $49.08 and 200-day MA of $47.32. It has traded in a 52-week range between $37.44 – 51.3000 and today’s last price is 0.04% lower than the 52 week high of $51.30.

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

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