Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) Price Target Increased at Johnson Rice

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Johnson Rice from $19.00 to $21.00.Johnson Rice currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Noble Energy Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $43.47, higher than the opening price of $34.04, a difference of 12.82 percent. Noble Energy Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $39.85.

U.S. stocks finished higher Thursday, near their intra-day highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.99% closed up 177.71 points, or 1%, at 18,212.48, led by a 3.4% surge in shares of Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.40%

All 30 of the Dow components finished in the green.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.01% wrapped up 21.49 points, or 1%, to 2,147.26, and all the large-cap gauge’s sectors ended higher, topped by a 1.7% rise in the tech sector and a 1.1% gain in health-care shares

Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) opened at $34.04 yesterday and traded in a range between, $33.87 and $34.58, and last traded at $33.92, which represents a change of $ 0.05 over the previous closing price.

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) currently has a market cap of 14.59B

The stocks average daily volume is 3,582,800 shares out of a total float 424,005,000 and some 2,871,427 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 115 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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 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 winning trades.

With that in mind Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) now has a 50-day MA is $35.03 and 200-day MA is $34.72, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $23.77 – 39.85 and today’s last price is -14.88 percent off the 52 week high of $39.85.

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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