Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reiterated by RBC Capital Markets Analysts

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) shares rose on Wednesday Jan 4 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday as banking stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average closer to the 20,000 milestone.

The Dow DJIA, +0.18% gained 25 points, or 0.1%, to 19,906. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% climbed four points, or 0.2%, to 2,262. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.50% added 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,447.

Analysts at RBC Capital Markets reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $77.01, above the opening price of $70.33. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $73.33. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) shares last traded at $70.98, a jump of $0.73 or 0.01 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $70.33, they ranged from $69.90 and $71.00 throughout the day.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) now has a market cap of 39.67B.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,611,190 shares out of a total float 557,609,000 and some 259,295 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look 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.

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

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) now has a 50-day MA of $67.93 and 200-day MA of $59.96. It has traded in a 52-week range between $28.16 – 73.33 and today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $73.33.

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

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