Sunoco LP (SUN) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) shares fell on Monday Dec 19 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 Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

Shares of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) were downgraded by analysts at Bank of America Corp. in a note to their investors today. Bank of America Corp. currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Sunoco LP has secured a consensus one-year price target of $31.11, higher than the opening price of $24.34. Sunoco LP stock has a 52-week high of $40.06. Considerable and fundamental digressions in the company’s procedures, future direction or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Shares of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) opened at $24.34 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $24.10 and $24.45, and last traded at $24.10, a drop of $0.36 per share or -1.47% over the previous closing price.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) now has a market cap of 2.70B.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 883,922 shares out of a total float 47,373,000 and some 143,301 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These professional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) 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.

Traders are able to make make more effective judgments on trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

Trades for Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) have ranged from $21.01 – 40.06, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.69 and 200-day MA of $28.68. Today’s last price is 39.84%% below the 52 week high of $40.06.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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