Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) shares traded mostly even 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $2.69. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $0.54, less than the opening price of $0.75. Share prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) shares last traded at $0.75. Opening at $0.75, they ranged from $0.75 and $0.78 throughout the day.

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) now has a market cap of 98.63M.

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) Average Daily Trading Volume

132,191 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 89 percent below normal, out of a total float 129,736,000. 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 short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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 have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) 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 Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (NASDAQ: VNR) have ranged from $0.46 – 2.6900, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $0.87 and 200-day MA of $1.05. Today’s last price is 72.11%% lower than the 52 week high of $2.69.

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

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