Praxair Inc. (PX) Shares Active after Upgrade at Vertical Research

Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) shares slid back in value Wednesday Dec 14 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. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Vertical Research upgraded shares of Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) from Sell to Hold today. Vertical Research currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Praxair Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $1.60, less than the opening price of $123.66. Praxair Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $125.00. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) shares last traded at $123.27, a drop of $0.46 per share or -0.37% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $123.66, they fluctuated from $123.18 and $124.20 throughout the day.

Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) now has a market cap of 35.18B.

Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,210,700 shares out of a total float 284,943,000 and some 60,114 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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 retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) 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 successful trades.

Trades for Praxair Inc. (NYSE: PX) have ranged from $95.60 – 125.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $118.59 and 200-day MA of $117.38. Today’s last price is 1.38%% under the 52 week high of $125.00.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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