WPX Energy Inc. (WPX) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at FBR & Co

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) shares rose on Tuesday Dec 13 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) had its price target increased by equities researchers at FBR & Co from $16.00 to $19.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, WPX Energy Inc. has a 52-week high of $16.17. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $16.58, above the opening price of $14.75, a difference of 11.39 percent.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) shares last traded at $14.56, an increase of $0.02 or 0.14% from the previous closing price. Opening at $14.75, they varied from $14.53 and $14.79 throughout the day.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) currently has a market cap of 5.02B.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) Average Daily Trading Volume

733,515 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 341,340,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) 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 how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make the best trades.

Trades for WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) have ranged from $2.53 – 16.1700, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $12.84 and 200-day MA of $11.51. Today’s last price is 9.96%% below the 52 week high of $16.17.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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