Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW) Shares Active after Upgrade at Vetr Inc.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) shares fell back in value on Wednesday January 18 on slower 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 today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Vetr Inc. upgraded shares of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) from Strong Sell to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Atwood Oceanics, Inc. has a 52-week high of $15.37. The one-year price target of $10.24 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $13.60, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Usually, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) opened at $13.60 yesterday and traded in a range between, $13.31 and $13.72, and last traded at $13.52, a dip of $0.31 over the previous closing price.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) currently has a market cap of 876.16M.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) Average Daily Trading Volume

362,937 shares traded hands yesterday, 87 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 56,466,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE: ATW) now has a 50-day MA of $12.70 and 200-day MA of $9.91. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.82 – 15.37 and today’s last price is 12.04%% lower than the 52 week high of $15.37.

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

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