Diamondback Energy, Inc. (FANG) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Credit Suisse Group

Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) shares rose on Tuesday January 31 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, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% was off by 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,270 with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Industrials, consumer-discretionary, and technology shares were the worst performers, while real estate and utilities stocks attracted buyers.

The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Credit Suisse Group from $0.00 to $132.00. With a rating of on the shares, Diamondback Energy, Inc. has a 52-week high of $113.23. The one-year price target of $125.67 is higher than the opening price of $102.91, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days.

Shares of Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) opened at $102.91 yesterday and traded in a range between, $102.58 and $103.71, and last traded at $103.59, which represents a spike of $1.09 compared to the previous closing price.

Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) currently has a market cap of 8.09B.

Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) Average Daily Trading Volume

147,639 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 39 percent below the average, out of a total float 77,799,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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.

Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) 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, Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) now has a 50-day MA of $103.04 and 200-day MA of $97.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $63.76 – 113.23 and today’s last price is 8.51%% lower than the 52 week high of $113.23.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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