Primo Water Corp. (PRMW) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) shares fell back in value Wednesday Dec 28 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. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep pushing shares higher towards the 20,000 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11% rose 3.1 points to 19,949, essentially unchanged on the day. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.39% lost 3 points, or 0.1%, to 2,266 while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% slipped 6.4 points, or 0.1%, to 5,482.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and Primo Water Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $15.63, above the opening price of $12.87. Primo Water Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $14.99. Typically, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, such as a price target change.

Shares of Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) opened at $12.87 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $12.75 and $12.87, and last traded at $12.75, a dip of $0.12 per share or -0.93% compared to the previous closing price.

Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) currently has a market cap of 332.04M.

Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 150,144 shares out of a total float 20,400,000 and some 6,914 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or dissemination 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 an indicator 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.

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

Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders are able to make make educated trades.

With that in mind, Zacks Investment Research (Primo Water Corp.: NASDAQ) now has a 50-day MA of $12.75 and 200-day MA of $12.15. It has traded in a 52-week range between $7.76 – 14.99 and today’s last price is 14.94%% lower than the 52 week high of $14.99.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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