Post Properties Inc. (PPS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) shares slid back in value Wednesday Nov 30 with lighter 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 hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Post Properties Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $65.54, less than the opening price of $66.46, a difference of 9.94 percent. Post Properties Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $69.39. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) shares last traded at $65.93, which is a dip of $0.60 per share or -0.90% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $66.46, they ranged from $65.45 and $67.18 throughout the day.

Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) now has a market cap of 3.53B.

Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 442,003 shares out of a total float 52,561,000 and some 221,946 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) 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 following the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

With that in mind, Post Properties Inc. (NYSE: PPS) now has a 50-day MA of $64.70 and 200-day MA of $63.28. It has traded in a 52-week range between $52.08 – 69.39 and today’s last price is 4.99%% lower than the 52 week high of $69.39.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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