United Overseas Bank Ltd (NASDAQ: UOVEY) Shares Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Overseas Bank Ltd (NASDAQ: UOVEY) from Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today.With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $29.89. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and United Overseas Bank Ltd has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.87, higher than the opening price of $27.76. Material and major changes in the company’s operations, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday United Overseas Bank Ltd (NASDAQ: UOVEY) shares last traded at $27.76, which is an increase of $0.12 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $27.76, they ranged from $27.76 and $27.76 throughout the day.

United Overseas Bank Ltd (NASDAQ: UOVEY) now has a market cap of 22.31B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 57,406 shares out of a total float 392,123,000 and some 537 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 45 percent below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders are able to make make smarter trades.

With that in mind, United Overseas Bank Ltd (NASDAQ: UOVEY) now has a 50-day MA of $26.74 and 200-day MA of $27.15. It has traded in a 52-week range between $23.41 – 29.890 and today’s last price is 0.07% lower than the 52 week high of $29.89.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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