Resolute Energy Corp. (REN) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) shares fell on Tuesday Dec 13 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Vetr Inc. downgraded shares of Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) from Strong-Buy to Buy in a research note to investors today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Resolute Energy Corp. has a 52-week high of $36.00. The one-year price target of $39.13 is above the opening price of $35.04, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Important and crucial changes in the company’s operations, future vision or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) shares last traded at $34.07, which represents a dip of $0.65 per share or -1.87% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $35.04, they fluctuated from $33.80 and $35.24 throughout the day.

Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) currently has a market cap of 520.59M.

Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) Average Daily Trading Volume

95,255 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 12,339,000. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or dissemination 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% greater than normal on the breakout to show 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 professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Resolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN) now has a 50-day MA of $29.78 and 200-day MA of $18.09. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.25 – 36.00 and today’s last price is 5.36%% lower than the 52 week high of $36.00.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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