Press Ganey Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PGND) Stock Rating Reiterated at Raymond James Financial Inc.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. reiterated a Market Perform rating on shares of Press Ganey Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PGND) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and Press Ganey Holdings Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $40.93, higher than the opening price of $40.49. Press Ganey Holdings Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $42.09. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

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 Press Ganey Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PGND) shares last traded at $40.30, which represents an increase of $0.07 from the previous closing price. Opening at $40.49, they varied from $40.15 and $40.49 throughout the day.

Press Ganey Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PGND) now has a market cap of 2.14B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 389,470 shares out of a total float 22,271,000 and some 75,522 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 0 percent below the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

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

By marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make educated trades.

Trades for Press Ganey Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PGND) have ranged from $23.68 – 42.09, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $40.43 and 200-day MA of $35.52. Today’s last price is 0.04% lower than the 52 week high of $42.09.

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

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