Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) Stock Price Target Moved to $58.00 at Deutsche Bank

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Deutsche Bank from $0.00 to $58.00. The company currently has a rating of on the shares. The one-year price target of $60.42 is higher than the opening price of $58.10, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Principal Financial Group Inc. stock has a high of $61.34.

Yesterday Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) shares last traded at $58.27, which is a jump of $0.03 from the previous closing price. Opening at $58.10, they fluctuated from $58.06 and $58.42 throughout the day.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) now has a market cap of 16.76B.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) Average Daily Trading Volume

56,966 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 17 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 286,040,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Principal Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: PFG) now has a 50-day MA of $58.82 and 200-day MA of $52.12. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.09 – 61.34 and today’s last price is 5.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $61.34.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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