Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Oceaneering International Inc. has a 52-week high of $40.02. The one-year price target of $27.45 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $29.90, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) opened at $29.90 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $29.61 and $30.92, and last traded at $30.85, which represents a spike of $0.91 or 3.04% from the previous closing price.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) currently has a market cap of 3.03B.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,766,050 shares out of a total float 97,313,000 and some 174,315 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of significant buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So 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 substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) 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 are able to make make more impactful judgments on trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE: OII) now has a 50-day MA of $25.89 and 200-day MA of $27.88. It has traded in a 52-week range between $22.47 – 40.02 and today’s last price is 22.91%% lower than the 52 week high of $40.02.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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