Halliburton Company (HAL) Up 2.85%: Why This Stock Is Lively Today

Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 2.85% or (0.52 points) to $18.95 from its previous close of $18.43. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 4972103 contracts so far this session. HAL shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 13.8 million shares, but with a 0.87 billion float and a -1.13% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for HAL stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $29.33 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 54.78% from where the HAL share price has been trading recently which is between $18.22 and $18.605. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $19. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $37.

During the recent trading session for Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL), the company witnessed their stock rise $0.33 over a week and tumble down $-1.39 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $40.45, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 10/16/18. The recent low of $16.97 stood for a -53.28% since 08/28/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.41 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for HAL is set at $28, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Halliburton Company, the two-week RSI stands at 49.44. This figure suggests that HAL stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current HAL readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 19.13% at this stage. This figure means that HAL share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that Halliburton Company (HAL) would settle between $18.62/share to $18.8/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $18.23 mark, then the market for Halliburton Company becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $18.03 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.07. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Barclays lowered their recommendation on shares of HAL from Overweight to Equal Weight in their opinion released on September 16. BofA/Merrill analysts again handed out a Buy recommendation to Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) stock but they lifted target price for the shares in a flash note issued to investors on August 28. The target price has been raised from $31 to $24. Analysts at Cowen are sticking to their Outperform stance. However, on July 23, they lifted price target for these shares to $35 from $33.

HAL equity has an average rating of 2.2, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 26 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 6 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 20 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 20 analysts rated Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.