Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) shares rose in value on Tuesday January 17 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 trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Helmerich & Payne, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $70.00, a decrease compared to the opening price of $78.96, a difference of 8.92 percent. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $85.78. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) opened at $78.96 yesterday trading between $77.90 and $79.11, and last traded at $78.47, a jump of $0.16 over the previous closing price.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) now has a market cap of 8.49B.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) Average Daily Trading Volume

125,155 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 64 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 105,147,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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.

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

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) 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, Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) now has a 50-day MA of $78.55 and 200-day MA of $67.63. It has traded in a 52-week range between $40.02 – 85.78 and today’s last price is 8.52%% lower than the 52 week high of $85.78.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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