Teekay Corp. (TK) Stock Price Target Moved to $8.50 at Jefferies

Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) 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, boosting 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.

Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Jefferies from $0.00 to $8.50. Jefferies currently has a rating of on the stock. The one-year price target of $8.00 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $10.11, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Teekay Corp. stock has a high of $11.85.

Shares of Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) opened at $10.11 yesterday trading between $10.06 and $10.30, and last traded at $10.21, which represents a jump of $0.05 compared to the previous closing price.

Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) now has a market cap of 874.44M.

Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) Average Daily Trading Volume

264,347 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 20 percent below the average, out of a total float 52,789,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing 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, 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.

Institutional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) 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, Teekay Corp. (NYSE: TK) now has a 50-day MA of $8.54 and 200-day MA of $7.48. It has traded in a 52-week range between $5.34 – 11.85 and today’s last price is 13.84%% lower than the 52 week high of $11.85.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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