Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $106.07 is higher than the opening price of $99.20, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Philip Morris International Inc. stock has a high of $104.20. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Yesterday Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) shares last traded at $99.21, which represents an increase of $0.39 over the previous closing price. Opening at $99.20, they fluctuated from $98.84 and $99.96 throughout the day.

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) currently has a market cap of 153.91B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,392,800 shares out of a total float 1,548,286,000 and some 2,759,439 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 57 percent below normal. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) now has a 50-day MA of $99.71 and 200-day MA of $99.60. It has traded in a 52-week range between $78.03 – 104.20 and today’s last price is 0.05% lower than the 52 week high of $104.20.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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