Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (TGP) stock starts with “Hold” rating in note to investors by Stifel Nicolaus

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) shares rose on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) stock, starting the company at Hold. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $24.10. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $16.28, higher than the opening price of $14.20. Price changes targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) shares last traded at $14.40, which represents a spike of $0.35 or 2.49% over the previous closing price. Opening at $14.20, they ranged from $14.05 and $14.40 throughout the day.

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) now has a market cap of 1.15B.

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) Average Daily Trading Volume

75,693 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 54,209,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE: TGP) have ranged from $7.92 – 24.10, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $14.84 and 200-day MA of $13.23. Today’s last price is 40.25%% under the 52 week high of $24.10.

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

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