Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) shares slid back in value Tuesday Nov 22 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, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $2.35. The one-year price target of $2.30 is above the opening price of $1.45, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) shares last traded at $1.40, a decrease of $0.06 per share or -4.01% from the previous closing price. Opening at $1.45, they varied from $1.40 and $1.45 throughout the day.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) currently has a market cap of 252.91M.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,159,780 shares out of a total float 178,718,000 and some 190,675 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Swing traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) 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, Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) now has a 50-day MA of $1.54 and 200-day MA of $1.67. It has traded in a 52-week range between $1.18 – 2.3500 and today’s last price is 40.36%% lower than the 52 week high of $2.35.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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