Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) Receives Price Target Increase at Morgan Stanley

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from $74.00 to $81.00.Morgan Stanley currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $66.87, higher than the opening price of $56.06, a difference of 11.61 percent. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $73.87.

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday as equities 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.

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

Shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) opened at $56.06 yesterday and traded in a range between, $55.92 and $58.17, and last traded at $57.59, which represents a change of $ -0.20 over the previous closing price.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) currently has a market cap of 29.40B

The stocks average daily volume is 4,740,800 shares out of a total float 482,821,000 and some 33,186,622 shares traded hands yesterday, 38 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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.

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

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 $54.69 and 200-day MA is $51.30, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $28.16 – 73.87 and today’s last price is -22.04 percent off the 52 week high of $73.87.

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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