HP Inc. (HPQ) stock moves up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Argus Analysts

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Argus reiterated a Buy rating on shares of HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. Argus currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $16.27 is above the opening price of $15.17, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, HP Inc. stock has a high of $16.19. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) shares last traded at $15.18, which represents a jump of $0.03 or 0.20% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $15.17, they varied from $15.13 and $15.27 throughout the day.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) currently has a market cap of 25.99B.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) Average Daily Trading Volume

670,212 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 1,710,339,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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 it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) now has a 50-day MA of $14.93 and 200-day MA of $14.09. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.91 – 16.19 and today’s last price is 6.24%% lower than the 52 week high of $16.19.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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