Ship Finance International Ltd. (SFL) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) shares slid back in value 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 upgraded 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) from Strong Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $15.93 is higher than the opening price of $14.45, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Ship Finance International Ltd. stock has a high of $16.76. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) shares last traded at $14.33, a dip of $0.03 per share or -0.17% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $14.45, they varied from $14.30 and $14.50 throughout the day.

Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) currently has a market cap of 1.34B.

Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) Average Daily Trading Volume

56,747 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 73,291,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Ship Finance International Ltd. (NYSE: SFL) now has a 50-day MA of $13.66 and 200-day MA of $14.59. It has traded in a 52-week range between $9.83 – 16.760 and today’s last price is 14.53%% lower than the 52 week high of $16.76.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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