Prudential PLC (PUK) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $47.30. The one-year price target of $43.65 is higher than the opening price of $38.46, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) shares last traded at $38.53, a spike of $0.46 or 1.21% over the previous closing price. Opening at $38.46, they varied from $38.43 and $38.54 throughout the day.

Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) now has a market cap of 49.47B.

Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) Average Daily Trading Volume

111,042 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 1,252,730,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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 retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) 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.

Traders can make more useful choices on trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Prudential PLC (NYSE: PUK) now has a 50-day MA of $35.42 and 200-day MA of $35.94. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.14 – 47.30 and today’s last price is 18.54%% lower than the 52 week high of $47.30.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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