Perrigo Co. (NYSE: PRGO) Rating Reiterated at RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets analysts reiterated its Sector Perform rating on Perrigo Co. (NYSE: PRGO) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Sector Perform on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and Perrigo Co. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $102.64, higher than the opening price of $93.50. Perrigo Co. stock has a 52-week high of $173.48. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Perrigo Co. (NYSE: PRGO) opened at $93.50 yesterday and traded in a range between, $92.74 and $93.72, and last traded at $93.37, an increase of $0.09 over the previous closing price.

Perrigo Co. (NYSE: PRGO) now has a market cap of 13.38B.

851,334 shares traded hands yesterday, 51 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 137,139,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors.

As with all potential 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.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more effective judgments on trades.

With that in mind, Perrigo Co. (NYSE: PRGO) now has a 50-day MA of $91.06 and 200-day MA of $102.39. It has traded in a 52-week range between $82.50 – 173.48 and today’s last price is 0.46% lower than the 52 week high of $173.48.

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

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