Seadrill Partners LLC (SDLP) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) shares slid back in value on Tuesday January 31 on heavier 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 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.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Seadrill Partners LLC has a 52-week high of $6.45. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and Seadrill Partners LLC has secured a consensus one-year price target of $7.00, higher than the opening price of $3.96. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other updates, such as a price target change.

Yesterday Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) shares last traded at $3.93, a drop of $0.27 from the previous closing price. Opening at $3.96, they varied from $3.75 and $4.03 throughout the day.

Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) currently has a market cap of 360.86M.

Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 649,390 shares out of a total float 49,002,000 and some 714,110 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 22 percent above the norm. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Seadrill Partners LLC (NASDAQ: SDLP) now has a 50-day MA of $4.34 and 200-day MA of $3.88. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.70 – 6.45 and today’s last price is 39.07%% lower than the 52 week high of $6.45.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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