Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) shares fell back in value Wednesday Nov 30 with lower 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 Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $44.84, higher than the opening price of $42.38, a difference of 10.68 percent. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $47.41. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) opened at $42.38 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $41.87 and $42.38, and last traded at $41.99, a dip of $0.85 per share or -1.98% compared to the previous closing price.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) currently has a market cap of 21.24B.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) Average Daily Trading Volume

211,252 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 504,722,000. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) 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, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) now has a 50-day MA of $41.06 and 200-day MA of $43.35. It has traded in a 52-week range between $36.80 – 47.41 and today’s last price is 11.43%% lower than the 52 week high of $47.41.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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