PACCAR Inc. (PCAR) Stock Up After Upgrade at BMO Capital Markets

PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) shares rose in value on Friday, January 13 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

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Analysts at BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) from Market Perform to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $68.50. The one-year price target of $63.10 is lower than the opening price of $67.07, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Shares of PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) opened at $67.07 yesterday and traded in a range between, $66.78 and $67.65, and last traded at $67.52, which represents an increase of $1.19 compared to the previous closing price.

PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) currently has a market cap of 23.67B.

PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,512,772 shares traded hands yesterday, 118 percent below the average, out of a total float 343,154,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

Professional investors such as these have 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.

PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) 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.

Trades for PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) have ranged from $43.46 – 68.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $64.46 and 200-day MA of $58.60. Today’s last price is 1.43%% below the 52 week high of $68.50.

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 grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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