SM Energy Co. (SM) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) shares rose in value Monday Nov 14 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 as investors continued to try and decipher policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.11% rose 21.03 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 18,868.69, its third straight record close.
The blue-chip index had also touched a historic high of 18,934.05 during the session.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% fell 0.25 points to end at 2,164.20, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.36% dropped 18.72 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,218.40.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $46.22, higher than the opening price of $31.67, a difference of 14.28 percent. SM Energy Co. stock has a 52-week high of $43.09. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) opened at $31.67 on Monday and traded in a range between, $30.62 and $32.50, and last traded at $32.37, which is a jump of $0.57 or 1.79% from the previous closing price.

SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) currently has a market cap of 2.81B.

SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,979,920 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 85,597,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

Institutional investors such as these 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.

SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more impactful choices on trades.

Trades for SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) have ranged from $6.99 – 43.09, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $36.48 and 200-day MA of $32.26. Today’s last price is 24.88%% lower than the 52 week high of $43.09.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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