Parker-Hannifin Corp. (PH) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Deutsche Bank AG

Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) shares rose in value Friday Dec 2 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank AG upgraded shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $129.65 is less than the opening price of $144.35, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Parker-Hannifin Corp. stock has a high of $144.69. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) opened at $144.35 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $143.36 and $144.69, and last traded at $144.25, which is a jump of $0.78 or 0.54% compared to the previous closing price.

Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) now has a market cap of 19.24B.

Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) Average Daily Trading Volume

234,785 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 131,760,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE: PH) now has a 50-day MA of $129.55 and 200-day MA of $120.34. It has traded in a 52-week range between $83.32 – 144.69 and today’s last price is 0.30%% lower than the 52 week high of $144.69.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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