Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) Price Target Increased at Macquarie

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Macquarie from $61.00 to $71.00.Macquarie currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $68.55, higher than the opening price of $57.90, a difference of 12.32 percent. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $73.87.

Stocks closed mostly in negative territory Wednesday in the wake of slumping crude-oil prices, erasing earlier gains for the major indices, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq bucked the losing trend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.18% slid 31.98 points, or 0.2%, to close at 18,034.77

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.06% fell 1.25 points to end at 2,125.77, weighed by a 1.2% drop in the energy sector.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.36% advanced 18.52 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,173.77.

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

Shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) opened at $57.90 yesterday and traded in a range between, $55.37 and $59.06, and last traded at $55.62, which represents a change of $ -1.97 over the previous closing price.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) currently has a market cap of 28.39B

The stocks average daily volume is 4,921,210 shares out of a total float 482,821,000 and some 14,741,610 shares traded hands yesterday, 100 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, however, 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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional 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 Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) now has a 50-day MA is $54.72 and 200-day MA is $51.33, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $28.16 – 73.87 and today’s last price is -24.71 percent off the 52 week high of $73.87.

Earnings growth is an important factor toresearch 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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