National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) Price Target Raised at Citigroup Inc.

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Citigroup Inc. from $36.00 to $37.00.Citigroup Inc. currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $32.07, lower than the opening price of $32.66, a difference of 9.41 percent. National Oilwell Varco stock has a 52-week high of $42.62.

U.S. stocks finished higher on Monday as investor fears for an interest rate hike subsided after Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard urged caution about removing monetary stimulus too quickly.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.32% surged 239.62 points, or 1.3%, to close at 18,325.07, after jumping as high as 273 points.

The S&P 500 SPX, +1.47% rose 31.23 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 2,159.04, with all sectors closing in positive territory.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.68% finished up 85.98 points, or 1.7%, at 5,211.89, propelled by a rally in biotechnology shares

Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts inititate coverage.

Shares of National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) opened at $32.66 yesterday and traded in a range between, $32.50 and $34.22, and last traded at $34.07, which represents a change of $ 0.92 over the previous closing price.

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) now has a market cap of 12.87B

The stocks average daily volume is 4,003,730 shares out of a total float 376,947,000 of and some 3,721,007 shares traded hands yesterday, 11 percent 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.

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 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 National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) now has a 50-day MA is $33.69 and 200-day MA is $32.50, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $25.74 – 42.62 and today’s last price is -0.20 percent off the 52 week high of $42.62.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies who have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25 percent over a 3 year period.

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