Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) Shares Active after Upgrade at Barclays PLC

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) shares slid back in value in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Analysts at Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) from Underweight to Equal Weight today. Barclays PLC currently has a rating of Equal Weight on the stock. The one-year price target of $17.34 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $19.13, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. stock has a high of $26.72. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) shares last traded at $18.93, which represents a drop of $0.26 from the previous closing price. Opening at $19.13, they varied from $18.71 and $19.13 throughout the day.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) currently has a market cap of 2.60B.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) Average Daily Trading Volume

137,978 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 95 percent below the average, out of a total float 64,004,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) 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, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) now has a 50-day MA of $18.55 and 200-day MA of $19.18. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.18 – 26.72 and today’s last price is 29.15%% lower than the 52 week high of $26.72.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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