Sunoco LP (SUN) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at FBR & Co

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 22 with 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. stocks opened mostly flat on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.15% fell 15 points to 19,928, a drop of less than 0.1%. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.22% fell 1 point, or 0.05%, to 2,264. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.23% fell 1 point to 5,470.21, essentially unchanged on the day.

Analysts at FBR & Co upgraded shares of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) from Market Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $40.06. The one-year price target of $30.94 is above the opening price of $24.15, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) opened at $24.15 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $24.15 and $25.50, and last traded at $25.07, a spike of $1.53 or 6.50% over the previous closing price.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) now has a market cap of 2.81B.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 963,736 shares out of a total float 47,373,000 and some 694,404 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive cue 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.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) 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 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, Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) now has a 50-day MA of $24.25 and 200-day MA of $28.42. It has traded in a 52-week range between $21.01 – 40.06 and today’s last price is 37.42%% lower than the 52 week high of $40.06.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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