Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at KLR Group

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 on heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

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Analysts at KLR Group upgraded shares of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $9.30, a decrease compared to the opening price of $9.85. Sanchez Energy Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $11.63. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares last traded at $11.24, which represents a spike of $2.54 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $9.85, they fluctuated from $9.75 and $11.63 throughout the day.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) now has a market cap of 665.70M.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) Average Daily Trading Volume

17,004,845 shares traded hands yesterday, 89 percent above the norm, out of a total float 48,990,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) 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 Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) have ranged from $2.06 – 11.63, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $9.09 and 200-day MA of $7.93. Today’s last price is 3.35%% under the 52 week high of $11.63.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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