Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG) Stock Price Target Moved to $48.00 at Barclays PLC

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) shares rose on Friday January 20 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing the price target of stock.

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.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Barclays PLC from $0.00 to $48.00. With a rating of on the shares, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. has a 52-week high of $47.41. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $45.66, higher than the opening price of $43.81, a difference of 10.40 percent.

Shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) opened at $43.81 yesterday and traded in a range between, $43.78 and $44.00, and last traded at $43.89, which is an increase of $0.21 over the previous closing price.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) now has a market cap of 22.20B.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) Average Daily Trading Volume

317,172 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 78 percent below the average, out of a total float 504,742,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG) have ranged from $38.75 – 47.41, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $43.27 and 200-day MA of $42.95. Today’s last price is 7.42%% below the 52 week high of $47.41.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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