Precision Drilling Corp. (NYSE: PDS) Stock Coverage Initiated at DA Davidson

Analysts at DA Davidson initiated coverage on Precision Drilling Corp. (NYSE: PDS) stock, starting the company at Buy. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $5.50, $3.85. Precision Drilling Corp.stock has a 52-week high of $6.08.After initiating coverage,, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not unusual.

U.S. stocks finished higher Thursday, near their intra-day highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.99% closed up 177.71 points, or 1%, at 18,212.48, led by a 3.4% surge in shares of Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.40%

All 30 of the Dow components finished in the green.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.01% wrapped up 21.49 points, or 1%, to 2,147.26, and all the large-cap gauge’s sectors ended higher, topped by a 1.7% rise in the tech sector and a 1.1% gain in health-care shares

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.36% advanced 18.52 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,173.77.
Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts inititate coverage.

Shares of Precision Drilling Corp. (NYSE: PDS) opened at $3.85 today and traded in a range between, $3.77 and $3.89, and last traded at $3.77, which represents a change of $ 0.01 over the previous closing price.

Precision Drilling Corp. (NYSE: PDS) currently has a market cap of 1.11B

The stocks average daily volume is 1,871,090 shares out of a total float 291,990,000 of and some 2,571,107 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 24 percent higher than normal. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could signal heavy volume accumulation 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind Precision Drilling Corp. (NYSE: PDS) now has a 50-day MA is $4.33 and 200-day MA is $4.57, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $2.43 – 6.08 and today’s last price is -37.99 percent off the 52 week high.

Earnings growth is an important factor toresearch when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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