Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) Stock Price Target Moved to $20.00 at Cowen and Company

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open up this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Cowen and Company from $15.00 to $20.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $14.44. The one-year price target of $11.51 is less than the opening price of $14.21, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) shares last traded at $14.24, which represents an increase of $0.51 or 3.68% from the previous closing price. Opening at $14.21, they varied from $14.15 and $14.44 throughout the day.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) currently has a market cap of 19.38B.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 31,938,900 shares out of a total float 1,238,169,000 and some 8,909,434 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) 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 Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) have ranged from $3.52 – 14.440, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $11.12 and 200-day MA of $11.29. Today’s last price is 1.42%% lower than the 52 week high of $14.44.

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

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