Pure Storage Inc. (PSTG) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) shares slid back in value Tuesday Dec 6 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. stocks looked for direction on Tuesday with the Dow industrials trying for a fresh record a day after closing at an all-time high in the previous session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.08% opened little-changed at 19,221, the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% climbed 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,206, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.20%

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $16.93, higher than the opening price of $12.88, a difference of 13.26 percent. Pure Storage Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $18.39. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) opened at $12.88 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $12.70 and $12.93, and last traded at $12.77, which represents a decrease of $0.19 per share or -1.47% compared to the previous closing price.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) currently has a market cap of 2.50B.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) Average Daily Trading Volume

147,214 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 30,610,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) 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 affect— traders are able to make make well planned trades.

With that in mind, Pure Storage Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) now has a 50-day MA of $13.17 and 200-day MA of $12.56. It has traded in a 52-week range between $9.62 – 18.39 and today’s last price is 30.56%% lower than the 52 week high of $18.39.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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