Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) from Hold to Buy today.With a rating of Buy on the stock, Philip Morris International Inc. has a 52-week high of $104.20. The one-year price target of $106.07 is above the opening price of $99.20, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) opened at $99.20 yesterday trading between $98.84 and $99.96, and last traded at $99.75, which represents a spike of $0.93 over the previous closing price.

Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) now has a market cap of 154.74B.

651,524 shares traded hands yesterday, 116 percent below the average, out of a total float 1,548,286,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate 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.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) now has a 50-day MA of $99.74 and 200-day MA of $99.57. It has traded in a 52-week range between $78.03 – 104.200 and today’s last price is 0.04% lower than the 52 week high of $104.20.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over the past 3 years.

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