Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) Stock Gets Downgraded at Scotiabank

Shares of Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) were downgraded by analysts at Scotiabank in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Underperform on the shares, Encana Corp. has a 52-week high of $10.75. 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 $10.96, above the opening price of $9.23. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped 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.

Yesterday Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) shares last traded at $9.11, a drop of $0.75 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $9.23, they varied from $9.10 and $9.35 throughout the day.

Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) now has a market cap of 7.74B.

101,682,573 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 30 percent above the average, out of a total float 768,462,000. Substantial gains in trading volume and price appreciation together could mean considerable volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

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

With that in mind, Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) now has a 50-day MA of $9.52 and 200-day MA of $7.76. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.00 – 10.75 and today’s last price is 0.15% lower than the 52 week high of $10.75.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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