Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) Shares Active after Upgrade at Citigroup Inc.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) shares fell back in value on Tuesday January 17 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at Citigroup Inc. upgraded shares of Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) from Neutral to Buy today. Citigroup Inc. currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $25.87 is higher than the opening price of $25.79, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Green Dot Corporation stock has a high of $25.79. Usually, after analysts publish an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) opened at $25.79 yesterday and traded in a range between, $25.08 and $25.79, and last traded at $25.15, which is a dip of $0.13 over the previous closing price.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) currently has a market cap of 1.26B.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) Average Daily Trading Volume

49,772 shares traded hands yesterday, 80 percent below the norm, out of a total float 39,727,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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 professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) 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 the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) now has a 50-day MA of $24.40 and 200-day MA of $23.47. It has traded in a 52-week range between $15.28 – 25.79 and today’s last price is 2.48%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.79.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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