Sanchez Energy Corporation (SN) Shares Active after Upgrade at Piper Jaffray Companies

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares rose in value on Thursday February 2 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 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 Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) from Neutral to Overweight today. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, Sanchez Energy Corporation has a 52-week high of $14.39. The one-year price target of $15.64 is higher than the opening price of $13.00, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) shares last traded at $13.21, which represents a spike of $0.58 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $13.00, they fluctuated from $12.90 and $13.40 throughout the day.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) now has a market cap of 782.38M.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,639,992 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 33 percent below normal, out of a total float 48,990,000. 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.

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.

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.

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) 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 Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) have ranged from $2.51 – 14.39, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $10.79 and 200-day MA of $8.51. Today’s last price is 8.22%% below the 52 week high of $14.39.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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