Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (PNW) Stock Up After Upgrade at Bank of America Corp.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 22 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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.

Analysts at Bank of America Corp. upgraded shares of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) from Underperform to Neutral today. The company currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. The one-year price target of $75.86 is higher than the opening price of $74.79, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. stock has a high of $82.78. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue recurring updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) opened at $74.79 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $74.21 and $74.84, and last traded at $74.30, which is a jump of $0.20 or 0.27% over the previous closing price.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) now has a market cap of 8.27B.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 756,160 shares out of a total float 110,697,000 and some 32,274 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or circulation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks delivers a positive cue 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 professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) 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.

Traders can make more useful choices on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

Trades for Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) have ranged from $60.70 – 82.78, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $74.15 and 200-day MA of $76.17. Today’s last price is 10.24%% under the 52 week high of $82.78.

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

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