Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) Stock Coverage Initiated at DA Davidson

Analysts at DA Davidson initiated coverage on Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) stock, rating the company at Buy. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $59.68, $57.34. Helmerich & Payne Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $70.28.After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

U.S. stocks finished higher Thursday, near their intra-day highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.99% closed up 177.71 points, or 1%, at 18,212.48, led by a 3.4% surge in shares of Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.40%

All 30 of the Dow components finished in the green.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.01% wrapped up 21.49 points, or 1%, to 2,147.26, and all the large-cap gauge’s sectors ended higher, topped by a 1.7% rise in the tech sector and a 1.1% gain in health-care shares

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 Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) opened at $57.34 today and traded in a range between, $57.15 and $58.43, and last traded at $57.77, which represents a change of $ 0.49 over the previous closing price.

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) currently has a market cap of 6.24B

The stocks average daily volume is 1,619,350 shares out of a total float 105,008,000 of and some 1,353,077 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 77 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, 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 is defined by 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE: HP) now has a 50-day MA is $61.89 and 200-day MA is $62.07, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $40.02 – 70.28 and today’s last price is -17.80 percent off the 52 week high.

Earnings growth is an important factor toresearch when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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