Nucor Corporation (NUE) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Jefferies Group Analysts

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) shares rose in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

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.

Jefferies Group analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) in a 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 shares. The one-year price target of $62.25 is above the opening price of $60.40, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Nucor Corporation stock has a high of $68.00. Typically, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) opened at $60.40 yesterday and traded in a range between, $59.65 and $60.53, and last traded at $60.34, which represents a jump of $0.70 compared to the previous closing price.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) currently has a market cap of 19.22B.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,163,300 shares out of a total float 317,529,000 and some 250,688 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 14 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) 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, Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) now has a 50-day MA of $62.25 and 200-day MA of $53.43. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.90 – 68.0000 and today’s last price is 11.26%% lower than the 52 week high of $68.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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