Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) Stock Down After Price Target Increase at Jefferies

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) shares were down 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.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Jefferies from $0.00 to $11.00. Jefferies currently has a rating of on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $6.21, less than the opening price of $8.40, a difference of 6.90 percent. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $9.50.

Yesterday Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) shares last traded at $9.00, which represents a decrease of $0.06 from the previous closing price. Opening at $8.40, they varied from $8.31 and $9.13 throughout the day.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) currently has a market cap of 411.61M.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 460,853 shares out of a total float 14,591,000 and some 341,984 shares traded hands yesterday, 44 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings 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 just refers to 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 corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) 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 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) have ranged from $1.95 – 9.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $5.91 and 200-day MA of $4.81. Today’s last price is 5.26%% below the 52 week high of $9.50.

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

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