Methanex Corp. (MEOH) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Cowen and Company

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) 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, increasing the price target of stock.

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.

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Cowen and Company from $40.00 to $48.00. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Methanex Corp. has a 52-week high of $44.00. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Methanex Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $41.61, lower than the opening price of $42.00, a difference of 9.50 percent.

Shares of Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) opened at $42.00 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $41.50 and $44.00, and last traded at $43.80, a spike of $3.15 or 7.75% from the previous closing price.

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) currently has a market cap of 3.93B.

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) Average Daily Trading Volume

296,029 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 76,541,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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 that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) 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 can make well planned trades.

With that in mind, Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH) now has a 50-day MA of $37.64 and 200-day MA of $32.22. It has traded in a 52-week range between $22.73 – 44.00 and today’s last price is 0.45%% lower than the 52 week high of $44.00.

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 by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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