Otter Tail Corp. (NASDAQ: OTTR) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Otter Tail Corp. (NASDAQ: OTTR) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. The one-year price target of $30.00 is lower than the opening price of $35.49, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Otter Tail Corp. stock has a high of $35.88. considerable and integral changes in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Otter Tail Corp. (NASDAQ: OTTR) opened at $35.49 yesterday and traded in a range between, $35.14 and $35.54, and last traded at $35.49, an increase of $0.17 over the previous closing price.

Otter Tail Corp. (NASDAQ: OTTR) now has a market cap of 1.38B.

10,363 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 31 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 34,704,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by 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.

Traders are able to make make more effective choices on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Otter Tail Corp. (NASDAQ: OTTR) now has a 50-day MA of $34.56 and 200-day MA of $31.54. It has traded in a 52-week range between $25.20 – 35.88 and today’s last price is 0.01% lower than the 52 week high of $35.88.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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