CPI Card Group Inc. (PMTS) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) shares rose on Thursday Nov 17 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks opened flat this morning, struggling for direction in early trade ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Ahead of an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said an interest-rate hike could come “relatively soon,”

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% fell less than 0.1% to 2,176.85 while Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.05% fell 9 points to 18,858. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.18% declined 0.1% to 5,291.48.

Shares of CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. The one-year price target of $5.79 is above the opening price of $4.00, causing a number of other analysts to report on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, CPI Card Group Inc. stock has a high of $11.10. Considerable and crucial digressions in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) shares last traded at $4.00, which represents a spike of $0.05 or 1.27% from the previous closing price. Opening at $4.00, they ranged from $3.95 and $4.05 throughout the day.

CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) now has a market cap of 221.17B.

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

The stock’s average daily volume is 220,186 shares out of a total float 19,475,000 and some 19,952 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than 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 instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure 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 marking the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages,it allows for traders to make more useful judgments on trades.

Trades for CPI Card Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PMTS) have ranged from $3.25 – 11.10, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $5.37 and 200-day MA of $5.15. Today’s last price is 63.96%% below the 52 week high of $11.10.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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