Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) shares fell back in value on Monday February 13 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $37.41, higher than the opening price of $31.74, a difference of 11.82 percent. Suncor Energy Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $33.79. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) opened at $31.74 yesterday trading between $31.56 and $31.85, and last traded at $31.65, a decrease of $0.06 compared to the previous closing price.

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) now has a market cap of 52.73B.

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) Average Daily Trading Volume

442,415 shares traded hands yesterday, 107 percent below normal, out of a total float 1,665,300,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) have ranged from $21.45 – 33.79, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $32.06 and 200-day MA of $29.70. Today’s last price is 6.33%% under the 52 week high of $33.79.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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