Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) Stock Rating Reiterated at Berenberg Bank

Berenberg Bank analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street.With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $57.08. The one-year price target of $53.75 is higher than the opening price of $46.18, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip index had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) shares last traded at $46.20, an increase of $0.20 from the previous closing price. Opening at $46.18, they varied from $45.93 and $46.36 throughout the day.

Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) now has a market cap of 14.71B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,868,220 shares out of a total float 317,356,000 and some 354,741 shares traded hands yesterday, 9 percent lower than the norm. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume growth or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Traders are able to make make educated trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) have ranged from $33.90 – 57.0800, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $49.88 and 200-day MA of $49.34. Today’s last price is 0.19% under the 52 week high of $57.08.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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