Superior Energy Services, Inc. (SPN) Stock Price Target Moved to $30.00 at Morgan Stanley

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) 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, boosting 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.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from $0.00 to $30.00. Morgan Stanley currently has a rating of on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Superior Energy Services, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $20.29, above the opening price of $17.31. Superior Energy Services, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $19.83.

Yesterday Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) shares last traded at $17.33, a jump of $0.25 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $17.31, they ranged from $17.18 and $17.68 throughout the day.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) now has a market cap of 2.63B.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) Average Daily Trading Volume

248,530 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 70 percent below the average, out of a total float 149,196,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, 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 teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) 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 Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) have ranged from $8.25 – 19.83, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $17.62 and 200-day MA of $16.81. Today’s last price is 12.61%% under the 52 week high of $19.83.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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