HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) Shares Downgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. downgraded shares of HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) from Outperform to Market Perform in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, HNI Corp. has a 52-week high of $56.96. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $56.00, higher than the opening price of $46.50. Important and fundamental digressions in the company’s operations, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped 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

Yesterday HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) shares last traded at $43.27, which represents a dip of $10.94 over the previous closing price. Opening at $46.50, they ranged from $43.02 and $47.46 throughout the day.

HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) currently has a market cap of 1.92B.

681,987 shares traded hands yesterday, 87 percent above the average, out of a total float 43,839,000. Substantial gains in trading volume and price growth together could mean heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors.

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

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

By following the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence—it allows for traders to make more impactful choices on trades.

With that in mind, HNI Corp. (NYSE: HNI) now has a 50-day MA of $53.92 and 200-day MA of $46.28. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.84 – 56.96 and today’s last price is 0.24% lower than the 52 week high of $56.96.

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

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