Tidewater Inc. (TDW) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) shares slid back in value in early trading today on lighter 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 opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $11.58. The one-year price target of $3.63 is higher than the opening price of $3.50, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) shares last traded at $3.18, a dip of $0.29 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $3.50, they varied from $3.16 and $3.53 throughout the day.

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) now has a market cap of 149.64M.

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,268,530 shares out of a total float 46,690,000 and some 491,707 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 76 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) 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.

Trades for Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW) have ranged from $1.44 – 11.5800, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $3.39 and 200-day MA of $3.27. Today’s last price is 72.55%% lower than the 52 week high of $11.58.

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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