Randgold Resources Limited (GOLD) Shares Active after Upgrade at Berenberg Bank

Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares rose 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, in early trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 19,929 while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.31% added 5 points to 2,275, a rise of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.53% climbed 19 points, or 0.3%, to 5,567.

Analysts at Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Randgold Resources Limited has a 52-week high of $126.55. The one-year price target of $101.27 is higher than the opening price of $81.44, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares last traded at $81.14, which represents a spike of $0.77 over the previous closing price. Opening at $81.44, they fluctuated from $80.76 and $81.78 throughout the day.

Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) now has a market cap of 7,612.07B.

Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) Average Daily Trading Volume

206,283 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 12 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 89,638,000. 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.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) have ranged from $60.14 – 126.55, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $73.69 and 200-day MA of $94.04. Today’s last price is 35.88%% under the 52 week high of $126.55.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, 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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