PriceSmart Inc. (PSMT) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) shares rose in value Tuesday Dec 13 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 DJIA, +0.47% climbed 106 points, or 0.6%, to 19,905. If the Dow finishes higher, it will notch its seventh straight gain.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% gained 10.45 points, or 0.5%, to 2,267 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.02% added 48 points, or 0.9%, to 5,461.

Both the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.56% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.02% ended lower on Monday, with investors appearing reluctant to push shares higher ahead of the Fed meeting

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) from Sell to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, PriceSmart Inc. has a 52-week high of $94.86. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and PriceSmart Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $97.33, higher than the opening price of $91.45. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) opened at $91.45 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $90.50 and $91.93, and last traded at $91.60, which is an increase of $0.60 or 0.66% compared to the previous closing price.

PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) now has a market cap of 2.74B.

PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 132,017 shares out of a total float 24,281,000 and some 11,335 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine large volume growth or circulation 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.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence— traders can make the best trades.

Trades for PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) have ranged from $68.51 – 94.86, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $89.58 and 200-day MA of $85.76. Today’s last price is 3.44%% below the 52 week high of $94.86.

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

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