Analysts at FBR & Co initiated coverage on Laredo Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: LPI) stock, rating the company at Outperform. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $12.72, $11.99. Laredo Petroleum Inc.stock has a 52-week high of $14.19.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.
U.S. stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday as equities slid amid a slump in energy shares and continued uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s plans for monetary policy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.41% closed 258.05 points, or 1.4%, lower at 18,066.89, and was down nearly 300 points at its lowest.
The S&P 500 index SPX, -1.48% gave up 32.02 points, or 1.5%, at 2,127.02.
Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -1.09% fell 56.63 points, or 1.1%, at 5,155.25.
In early action today stocks are moving up with the Dow being led by Apple.
Apple Inc. AAPL, is up +2.69% and climbed 0.9%.
Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.
Shares of Laredo Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: LPI) opened at $11.99 today and traded in a range between, $11.50 and $11.99, and last traded at $11.59, which represents a change of $ -0.45 over the previous closing price.
Laredo Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: LPI) currently has a market cap of 2.58B
The stocks average daily volume is 3,660,440 shares out of a total float 122,381,000 of and some 460,938 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 57 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.
Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.
By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.
With that in mind Laredo Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: LPI) now has a 50-day MA is $11.74 and 200-day MA is $10.57, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $3.90 – 14.19 and today’s last price is -18.32 percent off the 52 week high.
Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.
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