Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: PCG) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: PCG) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $67.33, above the opening price of $62.52. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. stock has a 52-week high of $65.43. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: PCG) opened at $62.52 yesterday and traded in a range between, $62.42 and $63.72, and last traded at $63.71, which is a spike of $1.16 from the previous closing price.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: PCG) now has a market cap of 31.76B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,859,840 shares out of a total float 497,833,000 and some 3,153,306 shares traded hands yesterday, above the average. Substantial expansions in trading volume and price inflation together could mean heavy volume accumulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (NYSE: PCG) have ranged from $50.65 – 65.43, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $63.04 and 200-day MA of $61.18. Today’s last price is 0.03% lower than the 52 week high of $65.43.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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