Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (NYSE: PLX) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (NYSE: PLX) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. has a 52-week high of $1.43. The one-year price target of $2.15 is above the opening price of $0.61, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (NYSE: PLX) shares last traded at $0.59, which represents a drop of $0.01 from the previous closing price. Opening at $0.61, they ranged from $0.59 and $0.61 throughout the day.

Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (NYSE: PLX) currently has a market cap of 58.87M.

26,680 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 69,168,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, just a day of significant buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. (NYSE: PLX) now has a 50-day MA of $0.62 and 200-day MA of $0.74. It has traded in a 52-week range between $0.58 – 1.4300 and today’s last price is 0.59% lower than the 52 week high of $1.43.

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

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