PDC Energy Inc. (PDCE) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at KLR Group

PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) shares rose in value on Friday January 20 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, U.S. stocks rose Friday morning as Wall Street closely awaited Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation’s 45th president.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% rose 95 points, or 0.5%, to 19,826, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.41% climbed 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,275 and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.37% added 28 points, or 0.6%, to 5,571.

Analysts at KLR Group upgraded shares of PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) from Accumulate to Buy today. KLR Group currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and PDC Energy Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $84.62, higher than the opening price of $75.50. PDC Energy Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $84.88. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) opened at $75.50 yesterday and traded in a range between, $75.26 and $76.26, and last traded at $76.07, which represents an increase of $1.47 over the previous closing price.

PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) now has a market cap of 4.24B.

PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 925,324 shares out of a total float 55,254,000 and some 58,780 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 109 percent below normal. 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.

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 a signal 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.

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

PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) 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 PDC Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCE) have ranged from $42.67 – 84.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $76.18 and 200-day MA of $65.59. Today’s last price is 10.38%% below the 52 week high of $84.88.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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