First Community Financial Partners Inc. (FCFP) Stock Price Target Moved to $13.00 at Maxim Group

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) shares rose on Monday Dec 19 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Maxim Group from $11.50 to $13.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, First Community Financial Partners Inc. has a 52-week high of $12.43. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $12.17, higher than the opening price of $11.60, a difference of 10.60 percent.

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) shares last traded at $11.48, which represents an increase of $0.03 or 0.29% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $11.60, they varied from $11.48 and $11.60 throughout the day.

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) now has a market cap of 197.93M.

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) Average Daily Trading Volume

1,977 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the norm, out of a total float 13,279,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, First Community Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFP) now has a 50-day MA of $10.73 and 200-day MA of $9.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $6.77 – 12.4266 and today’s last price is 7.59%% lower than the 52 week high of $12.43.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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