PLDT Inc. (PHI) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) shares fell back in value on Wednesday January 18 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, in early trade today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $29.43 is less than the opening price of $29.95, causing a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, PLDT Inc. stock has a high of $50.48. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) opened at $29.95 yesterday and traded in a range between, $29.16 and $29.95, and last traded at $29.40, a decrease of $0.13 compared to the previous closing price.

PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) now has a market cap of 6.35B.

PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) Average Daily Trading Volume

8,672 shares traded hands yesterday, 62 percent below the average, out of a total float 99,562,000. 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.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

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

PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for PLDT Inc. (NYSE: PHI) have ranged from $25.50 – 50.48, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.74 and 200-day MA of $34.51. Today’s last price is 41.76%% under the 52 week high of $50.48.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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