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

PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) 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 PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, PTC Inc. has a 52-week high of $52.77. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $57.62, higher than the opening price of $52.50, a difference of 10.92 percent. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Yesterday PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) shares last traded at $52.76, which represents a jump of $0.60 over the previous closing price. Opening at $52.50, they fluctuated from $52.20 and $52.77 throughout the day.

PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) currently has a market cap of 6.08B.

PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) Average Daily Trading Volume

259,896 shares traded hands yesterday, 120 percent below normal, out of a total float 114,017,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) 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.

Trades for PTC Inc. (NASDAQ: PTC) have ranged from $27.06 – 52.77, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.96 and 200-day MA of $44.84. Today’s last price is 0.02%% under the 52 week high of $52.77.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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