Scorpio Tankers Inc. (STNG) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) shares fell back in value Wednesday Dec 14 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $5.94 is above the opening price of $4.20, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Scorpio Tankers Inc. stock has a high of $8.23. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) opened at $4.20 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $4.20 and $4.28, and last traded at $4.22, which is a drop of $0.02 per share or -0.47% from the previous closing price.

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) currently has a market cap of 678.76M.

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) Average Daily Trading Volume

92,214 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal, out of a total float 150,263,000. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While increased 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 sends 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) 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 Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ: STNG) have ranged from $3.61 – 8.23, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $4.11 and 200-day MA of $4.65. Today’s last price is 48.72%% below the 52 week high of $8.23.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial 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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