Analyst’s Take Aim at These Shares: PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE)

Sell-side analysts are offering a consensus “Buy” rating on shares of PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE).  Using the following ratings scale: 1.0 Strong Buy, 2.0 Buy, 3.0 Hold, 4.0 Sell and 5.0 Strong Sell, analysts have an average recommendation of 2.20 on the shares.  Based on a recent trade, the shares are hovering around $35.64 which, according to analysts, yield significant upside potential to the $55.78 consensus target price.

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PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE)’s shares may have a significant upside to the consensus target of 55.78, but how has it been performing relative to the market?  The stock’s price is 35.64 and their relative strength index (RSI) stands at 62.31.  RSI is a technical oscillator that shows price strength by comparing upward and downward movements.  It indicates oversold and overbought price levels for a stock.  

PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE) shares are moving 0.79% trading at $35.64 today.

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