PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) Stock 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.With a rating of Outperform on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $56.00. 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 $32.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $34.70. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

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 index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) opened at $34.70 yesterday trading between $33.98 and $34.99, and last traded at $34.06, which is a decrease of $0.23 over the previous closing price.

PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) currently has a market cap of 1.58B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 434,702 shares out of a total float 45,348,000 and some 47,950 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 103 percent below the norm. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

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

With that in mind, PRA Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAA) now has a 50-day MA of $30.00 and 200-day MA of $28.48. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.00 – 56.00 and today’s last price is 0.39% lower than the 52 week high of $56.00.

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

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