Jones Energy, Inc. (JONE) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) shares rose 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.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $6.44 is above the opening price of $4.80, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Jones Energy, Inc. stock has a high of $5.34. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) opened at $4.80 yesterday and traded in a range between, $4.70 and $4.80, and last traded at $4.70, a jump of $0.05 over the previous closing price.

Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) now has a market cap of 267.94M.

Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,237,760 shares out of a total float 37,580,000 and some 78,088 shares traded hands yesterday, 106 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) 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, Jones Energy, Inc. (NYSE: JONE) now has a 50-day MA of $4.81 and 200-day MA of $3.92. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.16 – 5.34 and today’s last price is 11.99%% lower than the 52 week high of $5.34.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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