Superior Energy Services Inc. (SPN) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Gabelli

Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) shares closed lower on Tuesday Dec 13 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

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 Gabelli initiated coverage on Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $19.83. The one-year price target of $18.46 is less than the opening price of $18.54, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Shares of Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) opened at $18.54 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $18.05 and $18.57, and last traded at $18.05, which represents a decrease of $0.15 per share or -0.82% over the previous closing price.

Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) now has a market cap of 2.74B.

Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) Average Daily Trading Volume

169,133 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 149,128,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Superior Energy Services Inc. (NYSE: SPN) have ranged from $8.25 – 19.8300, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.89 and 200-day MA of $16.98. Today’s last price is 8.98%% lower than the 52 week high of $19.83.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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