Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Argus

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 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, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Argus from $36.00 to $44.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Rio Tinto PLC has a 52-week high of $40.19. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $42.18, above the opening price of $37.95.

Shares of Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) opened at $37.95 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $37.87 and $38.07, and last traded at $37.94, a jump of $0.03 or 0.08% over the previous closing price.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) currently has a market cap of 68.25B.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,830,790 shares out of a total float 1,590,534,000 and some 382,759 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) 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 effective judgments on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) have ranged from $21.89 – 40.19, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $35.41 and 200-day MA of $32.09. Today’s last price is 5.60%% lower than the 52 week high of $40.19.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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