Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) Stock Coverage Initiated at Howard Weil

Analysts at Howard Weil initiated coverage on Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) stock, starting the company at Sector Perform. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the shares recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $18.36, $15.04. Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $26.72.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

Stocks closed in negative territory Wednesday in the wake of slumping crude-oil prices, erasing earlier gains for the major indices, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq bucked the losing trend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.18% slid 31.98 points, or 0.2%, to close at 18,034.77

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.06% fell 1.25 points to end at 2,125.77, weighed by a 1.2% drop in the energy sector.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.36% advanced 18.52 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,173.77.
Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts inititate coverage.

Shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) opened at $15.04 today and traded in a range between, $14.67 and $15.42, and last traded at $14.80, which represents a change of $ -0.36 over the previous closing price.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) now has a market cap of 2.03B

The stocks average daily volume is 2,593,550 shares out of a total float 64,000,000 of and some 6,513,915 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 14 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE: DO) now has a 50-day MA is $19.32 and 200-day MA is $22.49, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $14.18 – 26.72 and today’s last price is -44.61 percent off the 52 week high.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies who have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25 percent over a 3 year period.

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