Global Partners LP (GLP) Stock Price Target Moved to $25.00 at Stifel Nicolaus

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) shares were down on Tuesday February 7 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $19.00 to $25.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Global Partners LP has a 52-week high of $21.95. The one-year price target of $20.00 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $21.15, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days.

Shares of Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) opened at $21.15 yesterday and traded in a range between, $20.45 and $21.15, and last traded at $20.65, a dip of $0.44 compared to the previous closing price.

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) currently has a market cap of 692.46M.

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) Average Daily Trading Volume

23,327 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 80 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 24,338,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, 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 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 teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) have ranged from $12.28 – 21.95, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.58 and 200-day MA of $16.49. Today’s last price is 5.92%% below the 52 week high of $21.95.

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

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