Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ROYT) Shares Active after Upgrade at Stifel Nicolaus

Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 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, -0.10% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 19,858. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.11% lost 4 points to 2,276, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% slid 16 points, or 0.3%, to 5,626. Among the most actively traded Nasdaq stocks was Facebook Inc FB, +0.31% which fell 0.7% a day after it reported its quarterly results.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) from Hold to Buy today. Stifel Nicolaus currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $2.00, above the opening price of $1.66. Pacific Coast Oil Trust stock has a 52-week high of $2.21. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) shares last traded at $1.73, which is a spike of $0.23 from the previous closing price. Opening at $1.66, they fluctuated from $1.56 and $1.85 throughout the day.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) currently has a market cap of 66.75M.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) Average Daily Trading Volume

433,534 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 84 percent higher than the average, out of a total float 38,583,000. higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT) now has a 50-day MA of $1.12 and 200-day MA of $1.54. It has traded in a 52-week range between $0.80 – 2.21 and today’s last price is 21.80%% lower than the 52 week high of $2.21.

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 for the past 3 years.

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