Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL) Stock Price Target Moved to $47.00 at Mizuho

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) shares were down on Wednesday January 18 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

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.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Mizuho from $37.00 to $47.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, Noble Energy, Inc. has a 52-week high of $42.03. The one-year price target of $45.85 is higher than the opening price of $39.69, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently.

Shares of Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) opened at $39.69 yesterday trading between $39.62 and $40.54, and last traded at $39.95, which is a drop of $0.11 from the previous closing price.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) currently has a market cap of 17.18B.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,458,658 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 1 percent below the norm, out of a total float 424,010,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) now has a 50-day MA of $38.95 and 200-day MA of $36.28. It has traded in a 52-week range between $23.77 – 42.030 and today’s last price is 4.96%% lower than the 52 week high of $42.03.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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