KBR Inc. (KBR) Stock Price Target Moved to $18.00 at Citigroup

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) shares rose on Monday January 23 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, 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.

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Citigroup from $0.00 to $18.00. Citigroup currently has a rating of on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and KBR Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $19.15, higher than the opening price of $16.35, a difference of 11.65 percent. KBR Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $17.95.

Yesterday KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) shares last traded at $16.44, a jump of $0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $16.35, they varied from $16.21 and $16.47 throughout the day.

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) currently has a market cap of 2.35B.

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) Average Daily Trading Volume

136,932 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 33 percent below the norm, out of a total float 142,066,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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 just 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 corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, KBR Inc. (NYSE: KBR) now has a 50-day MA of $17.10 and 200-day MA of $15.48. It has traded in a 52-week range between $11.61 – 17.95 and today’s last price is 8.41%% lower than the 52 week high of $17.95.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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