Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) Rating Reiterated at Berenberg Bank

Analysts at Berenberg Bank reiterated a Hold rating on shares of Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the stock, Nucor Corp. has a 52-week high of $57.08. The one-year price target of $53.75 is above the opening price of $46.18, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) opened at $46.18 yesterday and traded in a range between, $45.90 and $46.36, and last traded at $46.17, which represents an increase of $0.17 over the previous closing price.

Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) now has a market cap of 14.70B.

3,010,053 shares traded hands yesterday, 78 percent above the average, out of a total float 317,356,000. Significant expansions in trading volume and price inflation together could signal considerable volume aggregation by institutional investors.

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 delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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 researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By marking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) now has a 50-day MA of $49.68 and 200-day MA of $49.37. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.90 – 57.08 and today’s last price is 0.19% lower than the 52 week high of $57.08.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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