Tesoro Corporation (TSO) Stock Up After Upgrade at J P Morgan Chase & Co

Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) 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 J P Morgan Chase & Co upgraded shares of Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) from Neutral to Overweight today. The company currently has a rating of Overweight on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $105.13, higher than the opening price of $82.15, a difference of 12.88 percent. Tesoro Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $93.50. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) shares last traded at $81.60, which represents a jump of $0.62 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $82.15, they fluctuated from $81.40 and $82.51 throughout the day.

Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) now has a market cap of 9.65B.

Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) Average Daily Trading Volume

533,189 shares traded hands yesterday, 107 percent below the norm, out of a total float 117,468,000. 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.

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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO) have ranged from $67.80 – 93.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $84.91 and 200-day MA of $81.61. Today’s last price is 12.73%% under the 52 week high of $93.50.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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