OGE Energy Corp. (OGE) Stock Price Target Moved to $36.00 at Barclays PLC

OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) shares rose on Friday January 20 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

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.

OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Barclays PLC from $0.00 to $36.00. The company currently has a rating of on the stock. The one-year price target of $33.70 is above the opening price of $33.32, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, OGE Energy Corp. stock has a high of $34.23.

Yesterday OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) shares last traded at $33.48, which is a jump of $0.26 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $33.32, they ranged from $33.32 and $33.51 throughout the day.

OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) currently has a market cap of 6.69B.

OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) Average Daily Trading Volume

43,618 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 76 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 198,688,000. 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.

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.

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

OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) now has a 50-day MA of $33.35 and 200-day MA of $31.78. It has traded in a 52-week range between $24.04 – 34.23 and today’s last price is 2.19%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.23.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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