Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) Upgraded at Barclays PLC

Analysts at Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) from Underweight to Equal Weight today. Barclays PLC currently has a rating of Equal Weight on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Vale SA has secured a consensus one-year price target of $5.44, above the opening price of $5.33. Vale SA stock has a 52-week high of $6.26. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) shares last traded at $5.47, which represents an increase of $0.36 from the previous closing price. Opening at $5.33, they fluctuated from $5.28 and $5.48 throughout the day.

Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) now has a market cap of 28.19B.

31,833,110 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, above normal, out of a total float 3,137,683,000. Substantial increases in trading volume and price inflation together could indicate excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look 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.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Vale SA (NYSE: VALE) now has a 50-day MA of $5.59 and 200-day MA of $4.93. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.13 – 6.26 and today’s last price is 0.13% lower than the 52 week high of $6.26.

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

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