WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) Price Target Raised at Citigroup Inc.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Citigroup Inc. from $14.00 to $15.00. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and WPX Energy Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $13.71, higher than the opening price of $12.60, a difference of 10.59 percent. WPX Energy Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $13.92.

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

Typically, after analysts publish an “initiating coverage” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates.

Shares of WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) opened at $12.60 yesterday and traded in a range between, $12.46 and $13.03, and last traded at $12.95, which represents a change of $ 0.16 over the previous closing price.

WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) now has a market cap of 4.46B

The stocks average daily volume is 9,611,350 shares out of a total float 312,012,000 of and some 10,124,077 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 63 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

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.

With that in mind WPX Energy Inc. (NYSE: WPX) now has a 50-day MA is $11.21 and 200-day MA is $9.12, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $2.53 – 13.92 and today’s last price is -0.07 percent off the 52 week high of $13.92.

Earnings growth is an important factor toresearch when investing in 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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