Univar Inc. (UNVR) Stock Up After Upgrade at Wells Fargo & Co.

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. upgraded shares of Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) from Market Perform to Outperform today. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $24.75, a decrease compared to the opening price of $25.91, a difference of 9.28 percent. Univar Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $27.41. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) shares last traded at $26.67, which is a spike of $1.21 or 4.75% over the previous closing price. Opening at $25.91, they fluctuated from $25.81 and $26.70 throughout the day.

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) now has a market cap of 3.69B.

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 653,538 shares out of a total float 69,740,000 and some 165,307 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

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

Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) now has a 50-day MA of $24.17 and 200-day MA of $20.91. It has traded in a 52-week range between $10.65 – 27.41 and today’s last price is 2.70%% lower than the 52 week high of $27.41.

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

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