Memorial Production Partners LP (MEMP) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 on lower 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $0.90, higher than the opening price of $0.28. Memorial Production Partners LP stock has a 52-week high of $3.21. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) shares last traded at $0.28, which represents an increase of $0.02 over the previous closing price. Opening at $0.28, they varied from $0.27 and $0.31 throughout the day.

Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) currently has a market cap of 23.25B.

Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,023,713 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 117 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 82,638,000. 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 is defined by 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 ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) 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 Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP) have ranged from $0.12 – 3.2100, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $0.36 and 200-day MA of $1.19. Today’s last price is 91.36%% lower than the 52 week high of $3.21.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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