PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) shares fell back in value Monday Nov 14 with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile as investors continued to try and decipher policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.11% rose 21.03 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 18,868.69, its third straight record close.
The blue-chip index had also touched a historic high of 18,934.05 during the session.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% fell 0.25 points to end at 2,164.20, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.36% dropped 18.72 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,218.40.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $110.94. The one-year price target of $118.53 is higher than the opening price of $102.86, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) shares last traded at $101.39, which is a decrease of $1.80 per share or -1.74% from the previous closing price. Opening at $102.86, they varied from $100.45 and $103.34 throughout the day.

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) currently has a market cap of 145.41B.

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,050,290 shares out of a total float 1,431,343,000 and some 7,248,405 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, higher than the norm. Significant gains in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal considerable volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) now has a 50-day MA of $106.65 and 200-day MA of $105.92. It has traded in a 52-week range between $93.25 – 110.94 and today’s last price is 8.61%% lower than the 52 week high of $110.94.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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