PNM Resources Inc. (NYSE: PNM) Stock Upgraded at Jefferies Group

Analysts at Jefferies Group upgraded shares of PNM Resources Inc. (NYSE: PNM) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $36.20 is above the opening price of $33.54, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, PNM Resources Inc. stock has a high of $36.15. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly 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 index 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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Yesterday PNM Resources Inc. (NYSE: PNM) shares last traded at $33.72, an increase of $0.71 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $33.54, they varied from $33.29 and $33.75 throughout the day.

PNM Resources Inc. (NYSE: PNM) now has a market cap of 2.69B.

193,441 shares traded hands yesterday, 85 percent below the norm, out of a total float 79,027,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or dissemination 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 demonstrate 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.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

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

Trades for PNM Resources Inc. (NYSE: PNM) have ranged from $25.92 – 36.15, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $32.67 and 200-day MA of $33.14. Today’s last price is 0.07% below the 52 week high of $36.15.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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