Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (GNK) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Jefferies

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Jefferies from $0.00 to $13.00. Jefferies currently has a rating of on the shares. The one-year price target of $7.67 is less than the opening price of $11.20, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. stock has a high of $17.40.

Yesterday Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) shares last traded at $11.29, a spike of $0.56 over the previous closing price. Opening at $11.20, they fluctuated from $11.10 and $11.49 throughout the day.

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) currently has a market cap of 82.62M.

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) Average Daily Trading Volume

23,166 shares traded hands yesterday, 42 percent below the average, out of a total float 1,643,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) 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 Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) have ranged from $3.62 – 17.4000, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $7.97 and 200-day MA of $6.28. Today’s last price is 35.11%% under the 52 week high of $17.40.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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