CPI Card Group Inc. (PMTS) stock coverage started with “Market Perform” in note to investors by Barrington Research

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) shares closed lower on Monday February 13 on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Analysts at Barrington Research initiated coverage on CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) stock, starting the company at Market Perform. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $5.50, higher than the opening price of $5.00, a difference of 11.11 percent. CPI Card Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $9.25. Changes in price targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will re periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Shares of CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) opened at $5.00 yesterday trading between $4.93 and $5.00, and last traded at $4.95, which is a drop of $0.05 compared to the previous closing price.

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) currently has a market cap of 273.70M.

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 250,503 shares out of a total float 19,444,000 and some 16,123 shares traded hands yesterday, 10 percent lower than the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) now has a 50-day MA of $4.54 and 200-day MA of $4.84. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.25 – 9.25 and today’s last price is 46.49%% lower than the 52 week high of $9.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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