Flowserve Corp. (FLS) Stock Price Target Moved to $55.00 at Stifel Nicolaus

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $50.00 to $55.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $52.50. The one-year price target of $44.00 is lower than the opening price of $50.00, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company recently.

Shares of Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) opened at $50.00 on Tuesday trading between $49.45 and $50.00, and last traded at $49.72, a jump of $0.30 or 0.61% over the previous closing price.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) currently has a market cap of 6.49B.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) Average Daily Trading Volume

147,404 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 129,870,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) 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 the best trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Flowserve Corp. (NYSE: FLS) have ranged from $33.86 – 52.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $44.58 and 200-day MA of $46.86. Today’s last price is 5.30%% lower than the 52 week high of $52.50.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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