Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) shares fell back in value Wednesday Dec 14 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $15.28, higher than the opening price of $8.50. Pretium Resources Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $12.41. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) opened at $8.50 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $8.38 and $8.55, and last traded at $8.40, which represents a decrease of $0.01 per share or -0.12% over the previous closing price.

Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) now has a market cap of 1.51B.

Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) Average Daily Trading Volume

109,771 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 150,141,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) 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 are able to make make more impactful choices on trades when they follow the trading habits of professional investors.

With that in mind, Pretium Resources Inc. (NYSE: PVG) now has a 50-day MA of $9.09 and 200-day MA of $10.06. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.99 – 12.41 and today’s last price is 32.31%% lower than the 52 week high of $12.41.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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