E-Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC) Stock Price Target Moved to $34.00 at SunTrust Banks Inc.

E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) had its price target raised by equities researchers at SunTrust Banks Inc. from $31.00 to $34.00. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and E-Trade Financial Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $32.80, less than the opening price of $34.08. E-Trade Financial Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $34.67.

Shares of E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) opened at $34.08 on Tuesday trading between $33.82 and $34.23, and last traded at $33.96, an increase of $0.07 or 0.21% over the previous closing price.

E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) now has a market cap of 9.32B.

E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 3,604,020 shares out of a total float 273,514,000 and some 127,955 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume growth or dissemination by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors and how they affect moving averages,it allows for traders to make more impactful judgments on trades.

With that in mind, E-Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) now has a 50-day MA of $30.23 and 200-day MA of $27.06. It has traded in a 52-week range between $19.61 – 34.67 and today’s last price is 2.05%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.67.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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