Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (PGEM) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 on slower 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 Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $17.40 is higher than the opening price of $15.75, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. stock has a high of $16.90. Typically, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other updates, often followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) shares last traded at $15.70, which is a spike of $0.05 from the previous closing price. Opening at $15.75, they ranged from $15.50 and $15.75 throughout the day.

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) currently has a market cap of 1.07B.

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,586 shares traded hands yesterday, 3 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 21,481,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) 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.

With that in mind, Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PGEM) now has a 50-day MA of $16.07 and 200-day MA of $14.78. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.58 – 16.90 and today’s last price is 7.10%% lower than the 52 week high of $16.90.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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