Old Line Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK) Downgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Shares of Old Line Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK) were downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research in a note to their investors today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Old Line Bancshares Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $20.29, above the opening price of $19.91, a difference of 10.17 percent. Old Line Bancshares Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $20.09. Downgrades occur when analysts consider that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the initial recommendation, usually due to an important and crucial digression in the company’s procedures, future outlook or industry.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Yesterday Old Line Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK) shares last traded at $19.95, a spike of $0.05 from the previous closing price. Opening at $19.91, they varied from $19.90 and $20.00 throughout the day.

Old Line Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK) currently has a market cap of 216.24M.

The stock’s average daily volume is 33,141 shares out of a total float 6,349,000 and some 85,219 shares traded hands yesterday, above the norm. Excessive volume aggregation by institutional investors may be in the near future as the combination of substantial expansions in trading volume and price inflation can be determining factors.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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 teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

Traders can make educated trades when they follow the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, Old Line Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK) now has a 50-day MA of $19.41 and 200-day MA of $18.53. It has traded in a 52-week range between $15.85 – 20.09 and today’s last price is 0.01% lower than the 52 week high of $20.09.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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