Premier, Inc. (PINC) stock slips, “Outperform” rating reaffirmed by William Blair Analysts

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) shares fell on Tuesday February 7 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks were up in early trade on Tuesday which could put the equity market on track to set new records.

Investors were focusing on earnings, with GM and Michael Kors making moves after reporting early.

S&P 500 futures ESH7, +0.31% rose 7 points, or 0.3%, to 2,293.50, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, +0.46% tacked on 70 points, or 0.4%, to 20,042. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH7, +0.48% added 14 points, or 0.3%, to 5,171.75.

William Blair analysts reiterated its Outperform rating on Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. The one-year price target of $37.31 is higher than the opening price of $31.54, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Premier, Inc. stock has a high of $35.11. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) opened at $31.54 yesterday trading between $29.15 and $31.90, and last traded at $29.37, which represents a decrease of $2.81 over the previous closing price.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) currently has a market cap of 1.47B.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 605,555 shares out of a total float 48,382,000 and some 284,371 shares traded hands yesterday, 118 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) now has a 50-day MA of $31.42 and 200-day MA of $31.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $28.27 – 35.11 and today’s last price is 16.35%% lower than the 52 week high of $35.11.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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