Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) Upgraded at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) from Underperform to Market Perform today. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $10.24. The one-year price target of $7.16 is less than the opening price of $9.33, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) opened at $9.33 yesterday and traded in a range between, $9.23 and $9.55, and last traded at $9.51, an increase of $0.29 over the previous closing price.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) currently has a market cap of 62.03B.

24,589,570 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than the norm, out of a total float 3,522,992,000. Heavy volume aggregation by institutional investors may be on the horizon as the combination of substantial gains in trading volume and price growth can be determining factors.

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

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

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence—it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

Trades for Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) have ranged from $2.71 – 10.24, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $9.15 and 200-day MA of $7.32. Today’s last price is 0.07% lower than the 52 week high of $10.24.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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