Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Jefferies Group

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) shares rose on Friday January 20 on lighter 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.

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Jefferies Group from $0.00 to $64.00. With a rating of on the shares, Zoetis Inc. has a 52-week high of $54.72. The one-year price target of $57.40 is higher than the opening price of $53.63, causing a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days.

Shares of Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) opened at $53.63 yesterday and traded in a range between, $53.60 and $54.31, and last traded at $54.26, which is a jump of $0.76 over the previous closing price.

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) now has a market cap of 26.80B.

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) Average Daily Trading Volume

564,788 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 95 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 493,630,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings 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 professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) have ranged from $38.26 – 54.72, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $52.57 and 200-day MA of $51.00. Today’s last price is 0.84%% lower than the 52 week high of $54.72.

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

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