Hallador Energy Co. (HNRG) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at FBR & Co

Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 23 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% fell 3.5 points to 19,019, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26% fell 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,196, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.48% shed 34 points to 5,353, a loss of 0.6%.

Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) had its price target raised by equities researchers at FBR & Co from $10.00 to $12.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Hallador Energy Co. has a 52-week high of $10.40. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Hallador Energy Co. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $10.00, above the opening price of $8.99.

Shares of Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) opened at $8.99 on Tuesday trading between $8.82 and $8.99, and last traded at $8.94, which is a jump of $0.07 or 0.79% from the previous closing price.

Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) now has a market cap of 261.66M.

Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) Average Daily Trading Volume

5,339 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 22,257,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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 instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) 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.

Traders can make more useful judgments on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Hallador Energy Co. (NASDAQ: HNRG) now has a 50-day MA of $8.61 and 200-day MA of $6.24. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.95 – 10.40 and today’s last price is 14.04%% lower than the 52 week high of $10.40.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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