Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) Shares Active after Upgrade at Tudor Pickering

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) shares rose 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 Tudor Pickering upgraded shares of Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $16.47. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $14.98, above the opening price of $13.30. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) shares last traded at $13.60, which is a spike of $0.23 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $13.30, they fluctuated from $13.11 and $13.61 throughout the day.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) now has a market cap of 3.24B.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,238,830 shares out of a total float 129,724,000 and some 349,056 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 105 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day 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 that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) 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 Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE: LPI) have ranged from $3.90 – 16.47, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $14.41 and 200-day MA of $12.72. Today’s last price is 17.43%% under the 52 week high of $16.47.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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