OneMain Holdings, Inc. (OMF) stock trades up, “Buy” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group LLC Analysts

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) shares rose on Tuesday February 14 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Analysts at Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a Buy rating on shares of OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $25.80, a decrease compared to the opening price of $26.00, a difference of 9.76 percent. OneMain Holdings, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $33.31. Usually, after analysts publish a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will later issue sporadic revisions, such as a price target change.

Yesterday OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) shares last traded at $26.43, which represents a jump of $2.02 over the previous closing price. Opening at $26.00, they fluctuated from $25.80 and $27.26 throughout the day.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) currently has a market cap of 3.56B.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) Average Daily Trading Volume

759,534 shares traded hands yesterday, 9 percent below normal, out of a total float 52,539,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) 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.

Trades for OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) have ranged from $16.03 – 33.310, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $23.09 and 200-day MA of $26.04. Today’s last price is 20.67%% lower than the 52 week high of $33.31.

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

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