Sell-side analysts are offering a consensus “Buy” rating on shares of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP).  Using the following ratings scale: 1.0 Strong Buy, 2.0 Buy, 3.0 Hold, 4.0 Sell and 5.0 Strong Sell, analysts have an average recommendation of 2.20 on the shares.  Based on a recent trade, the shares are hovering around $61.70 which, according to analysts, yield significant upside potential to the $73.75 consensus target price.

Investors are constantly on the lookout for that next great stock pick. Finding that particular stock that had been overlooked by the rest of the investing community can bring great satisfaction to the individual investor. Spotting these stocks may take a lot of time and effort, but the rewards may be well worth it. Knowledge is power, and this principle also translates over to the equity market. Investors who are able to dig a little bit deeper may be setting themselves up for much greater success in the long run. These days, investors have access to a wide range of information. Trying to filter out the important information can be a key factor in portfolio strength. Knowing what data to look for and how to trade that information is extremely important. Successful investors are typically able to focus their energy on the right information and then apply it to a trading strategy. 

Wall Street firms hire hundreds of analysts who provide recommendations on stocks.  Typically, these analysts look at a company’s fundamentals, building financial models from this information in order to project future trends, specifically future earnings.  These projections are then used as a basis for providing “buy” or “sell” recommendations.  Many investors consider these recommendations very seriously, and often times whenever an analyst changes their outlook on a stock, the price change almost immediately.

As most investors know, the stock market can be a highly volatile place. Investors often have to figure out a way that they can personally stay on track so they don’t veer of course. Sticking to a well-researched trading strategy may work for some people. Others may jump into the market head first without too much planning and hope to gain profits by learning as they go. The stock market learning curve may be vastly different for individuals depending on their circumstances and backgrounds. What’s good for one person may not be good for another. When the markets are rising steadily and running along smoothly, investors may feel like they can do no wrong when it comes to picking stocks. People who become overconfident in their abilities may be faced with a harsh reality when the market shifts and momentum builds to the downside. Investors who are prepared for any economic situation might be able to much better ride out the storm when the time comes. 

Beyond issuing buy, sell, or hold recommendations, analysts also create earnings estimates.  These are earnings per share (EPS) numbers that analysts believe a particular company will report on its next statement.  These estimates have been growing in importance on Wall Street over the years, because the companies that “beat” their estimates usually see their stock prices grow while those who don’t usually watch them shrink.

Earnings estimates can also be manipulated, as the analysts are inclined to minimize them so that it increases the chances that a stock will “beat” the artificially lowered estimate in order to get inexperienced investors to buy.

RSI 

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP)’s shares may have a significant upside to the consensus target of 73.75, but how has it been performing relative to the market?  The stock’s price is 61.70 and their relative strength index (RSI) stands at 60.87.  RSI is a technical oscillator that shows price strength by comparing upward and downward movements.  It indicates oversold and overbought price levels for a stock.  

Some investors may succeed spectacularly in the market while others fail. There is an emotional component to trading and investing which can pose a big obstacle to trading success. Investors frequently try to optimize every decision for success, but sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. Consistently beating the market may involve heavy amounts of homework, and a necessary rebalancing of the portfolio. In fast paced markets, indecision can have a drastic impact. Investors may have all the bases covered but fail to make a trade based only on the fear of being wrong. Individual investors may need to conquer self-doubt in order to reach optimal performance when picking stocks. This may not come as easily for some as it does for others. When the market is winning, investors may become too complacent given the ease of gains. Staying on top of the investing scene even when everything is good may help to prepare if conditions change and the climate starts to worsen.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) shares are moving -1.17% trading at $61.70 today.