National General Holdings Corp. (NGHC) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) shares rose in value Wednesday Nov 30 with slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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 Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the stock, National General Holdings Corp. has a 52-week high of $23.59. The one-year price target of $26.25 is above the opening price of $22.84, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) opened at $22.84 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $22.55 and $22.84, and last traded at $22.67, which is a jump of $0.06 or 0.27% from the previous closing price.

National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) now has a market cap of 2.41B.

National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 195,952 shares out of a total float 60,806,000 and some 14,322 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

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

National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NGHC) have ranged from $18.04 – 23.59, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $21.83 and 200-day MA of $21.64. Today’s last price is 3.90%% lower than the 52 week high of $23.59.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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