Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) Shares Active after Upgrade at Citigroup Inc.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) shares rose in value Monday Dec 5 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Analysts at Citigroup Inc. upgraded shares of Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) from Sell to Neutral today. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, Rio Tinto PLC has a 52-week high of $40.19. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $42.18, above the opening price of $39.32. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) opened at $39.32 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $39.19 and $39.38, and last traded at $39.28, which is a spike of $0.26 or 0.67% compared to the previous closing price.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) now has a market cap of 70.66B.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) Average Daily Trading Volume

495,685 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 1,590,534,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for short periods 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 crucial.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) 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.

Trades for Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE: RIO) have ranged from $21.89 – 40.19, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $36.05 and 200-day MA of $32.32. Today’s last price is 2.26%% under the 52 week high of $40.19.

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

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