Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) stock falls, “Hold” rating reaffirmed by Deutsche Bank AG Analysts

Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) shares fell on Tuesday Nov 22 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened opened higher, trading above 19,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 traded above 2,200 shortly after the opening bell on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.17% opened 5 points, or 0.2%, higher at 2,202. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% added 45 points, or 0.2%, to 19,002. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.25% began the session up 16 points, or 0.3%, at 5,385.

Deutsche Bank AG analysts reiterated its Hold rating on Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $87.75. A number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $85.77, a decrease compared to the opening price of $86.45. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) opened at $86.45 on Tuesday trading between $85.67 and $86.50, and last traded at $85.80, which represents a drop of $0.49 per share or -0.57% from the previous closing price.

Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) currently has a market cap of 8.01B.

Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 865,114 shares out of a total float 92,302,000 and some 30,863 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

Institutional sponsorship simply 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 watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE: PKG) now has a 50-day MA of $82.18 and 200-day MA of $75.22. It has traded in a 52-week range between $44.32 – 87.75 and today’s last price is 2.22%% lower than the 52 week high of $87.75.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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