ConocoPhillips (COP) stock falls, “Buy” rating reiterated by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares fell on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

RBC Capital Markets analysts reiterated its Buy rating on ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $53.17. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and ConocoPhillips has earned a consensus one-year price target of $57.77, higher than the opening price of $49.55, a difference of 11.61 percent. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares last traded at $49.77, a decrease of $0.32 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $49.55, they varied from $49.50 and $50.23 throughout the day.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) now has a market cap of 61.58B.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,272,620 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 62 percent below the average, out of a total float 1,236,143,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show 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 have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

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

Trades for ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) have ranged from $31.05 – 53.17, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $50.36 and 200-day MA of $45.01. Today’s last price is 6.39%% lower than the 52 week high of $53.17.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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