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Shares of Petroleo Brasileiro Are Moving Lower on 1.4x Above-Average Volume (PBR)

Published on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:14
By Robert Cotter

Petroleo Brasileiro's stock is down 4.6% to $18.59 on heavy trading volume. Today's volume of 19.0 million shares tops the average 30-day volume of 13.6 million shares. Spikes in volume can validate a breakout or signify a potential turning point.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras explores for and produces oil and natural gas. The Company refines, markets, and supplies oil products. Petrobras operates oil tankers, distribution pipelines, marine, river and lake terminals, thermal power plants, fertilizer plants, and petrochemical units. The Company operates in South America and elsewhere around the world.

Over the past year, Petroleo Brasileiro has traded in a range of $17.27 to $32.60 and is now at $18.59, 8% above that low. In the last five trading sessions, the 50-day moving average (MA) has remained constant while the 200-day MA has slid 0.4%.

There is potential upside of 28.0% for shares of Petroleo Brasileiro based on a current price of $18.59 and an average consensus analyst price target of $23.80. The stock should run into initial resistance at its 50-day moving average (MA) of $19.30 and subsequent resistance at its 200-day MA of $20.76.

By Robert Cotter