PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) Rating Reiterated at William Blair

William Blair analysts reiterated its Outperform rating on PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. William Blair currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $32.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $34.70, a difference of 9.68 percent. PRA Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $56.00. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) opened at $34.70 yesterday and traded in a range between, $33.44 and $34.99, and last traded at $33.59, which represents a dip of $0.70 compared to the previous closing price.

PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) currently has a market cap of 1.56B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 435,120 shares out of a total float 45,348,000 and some 397,143 shares traded hands yesterday, 99 percent below normal. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is crucial.

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

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders can make more useful judgments on trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) now has a 50-day MA of $30.17 and 200-day MA of $28.52. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.00 – 56.00 and today’s last price is 0.40% lower than the 52 week high of $56.00.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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