Precision Drilling Corporation (PDS) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $6.31 is higher than the opening price of $5.83, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Precision Drilling Corporation stock has a high of $6.25. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) shares last traded at $6.01, which is a jump of $0.18 over the previous closing price. Opening at $5.83, they varied from $5.83 and $6.01 throughout the day.

Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) currently has a market cap of 1.76B.

Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,887,200 shares out of a total float 292,089,000 and some 298,722 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 78 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) 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.

With that in mind, Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE: PDS) now has a 50-day MA of $5.63 and 200-day MA of $4.75. It has traded in a 52-week range between $2.45 – 6.25 and today’s last price is 3.84%% lower than the 52 week high of $6.25.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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