PFSweb Inc. (PFSW) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) 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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the shares, PFSweb Inc. has a 52-week high of $15.87. The one-year price target of $15.71 is higher than the opening price of $8.26, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Yesterday PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) shares last traded at $8.26, a jump of $0.01 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $8.26, they varied from $8.26 and $8.31 throughout the day.

PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) now has a market cap of 154.51M.

PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,096 shares traded hands yesterday, 21 percent below normal, out of a total float 13,072,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) 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, PFSweb Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW) now has a 50-day MA of $8.58 and 200-day MA of $8.92. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.71 – 15.87 and today’s last price is 47.95%% lower than the 52 week high of $15.87.

Earnings growth is an important factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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