Noble Corp. (NE) Stock Up After Upgrade at Bank of America Corp.

Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) shares rose in value on Friday January 20 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, U.S. stocks rose Friday morning as Wall Street closely awaited Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% rose 95 points, or 0.5%, to 19,826, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.41% climbed 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,275 and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.37% added 28 points, or 0.6%, to 5,571.

Analysts at Bank of America Corp. upgraded shares of Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) from Underperform to Neutral today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $13.90. The one-year price target of $6.54 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $7.33, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) opened at $7.33 yesterday and traded in a range between, $7.26 and $7.53, and last traded at $7.46, a jump of $0.43 from the previous closing price.

Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) currently has a market cap of 1.81B.

Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,299,967 shares traded hands yesterday, 113 percent below the norm, out of a total float 240,805,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) 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.

With that in mind, Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) now has a 50-day MA of $6.74 and 200-day MA of $6.36. It has traded in a 52-week range between $4.45 – 13.900 and today’s last price is 46.37%% lower than the 52 week high of $13.90.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial 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 a 3 year period.

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