Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Macquarie

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) shares fell back in value in early trading today on slower 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 Macquarie upgraded shares of Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) from Neutral to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, Oasis Petroleum Inc. has a 52-week high of $17.08. The one-year price target of $16.35 is higher than the opening price of $15.48, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) shares last traded at $15.43, which is a drop of $0.16 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $15.48, they ranged from $15.19 and $15.64 throughout the day.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) currently has a market cap of 3.65B.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,039,678 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 82 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 201,449,000. 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.

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, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) now has a 50-day MA of $14.95 and 200-day MA of $11.10. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.40 – 17.080 and today’s last price is 9.69%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.08.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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