United States Steel Corporation (X) Stock Up After Upgrade at Argus

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) shares rose in value on Monday February 6 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Investors turned cautious in early trading today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, was off by 17 points, or 0.1%, to 20.054.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.14% eased 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,293, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Nearly all main sectors were trading lower, while materials and consumer staples led the losses.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.14% slipped 10 points, or 0.2%, at 5,144.

Analysts at Argus upgraded shares of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) from Hold to Buy today. Argus currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $33.73 is lower than the opening price of $34.13, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, United States Steel Corporation stock has a high of $39.14. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) opened at $34.13 yesterday trading between $34.01 and $34.47, and last traded at $34.39, which is a spike of $0.61 compared to the previous closing price.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) now has a market cap of 5.95B.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,857,985 shares traded hands yesterday, 70 percent below the average, out of a total float 168,513,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, 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 very important.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) 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, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) now has a 50-day MA of $34.29 and 200-day MA of $25.65. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.67 – 39.14 and today’s last price is 12.14%% lower than the 52 week high of $39.14.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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