Noble Corporation (NE) Shares Active after Upgrade at Piper Jaffray Companies

Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

Analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) from Underweight to Neutral today. With a rating of Neutral on the stock, Noble Corporation has a 52-week high of $13.90. The one-year price target of $6.77 is lower than the opening price of $7.47, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) shares last traded at $7.49, which is a spike of $0.09 from the previous closing price. Opening at $7.47, they varied from $7.43 and $7.55 throughout the day.

Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) currently has a market cap of 1.82B.

Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,319,032 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 103 percent below the norm, out of a total float 240,805,000. 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.

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 commonly 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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) have ranged from $4.45 – 13.90, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $6.82 and 200-day MA of $6.33. Today’s last price is 46.12%% under the 52 week high of $13.90.

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

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