FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (FCB) stock coverage initiated with “Market Perform” in note to investors by Citigroup Inc.

FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Citigroup Inc. initiated coverage on FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) stock, rating the company at Market Perform. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $44.10. The one-year price target of $42.86 is less than the opening price of $43.80, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Price changes targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) shares last traded at $44.05, a spike of $0.50 or 1.15% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $43.80, they ranged from $43.60 and $44.10 throughout the day.

FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) currently has a market cap of 1.80B.

FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) Average Daily Trading Volume

33,489 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 30,805,000. Momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a cue that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

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

FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more useful decisions on trades.

With that in mind, FCB Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE: FCB) now has a 50-day MA of $38.53 and 200-day MA of $36.96. It has traded in a 52-week range between $28.64 – 44.10 and today’s last price is 0.11%% lower than the 52 week high of $44.10.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over a 3 year period.

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