Selective Insurance Group Inc. (SIGI) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) shares slid back in value Wednesday Dec 14 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, U.S. equities traded mostly lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve’s latest decision regarding monetary policy.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded 35 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 traded 0.1 percent lower, with financials leading decliners. The Nasdaq composite, meanwhile, held flat.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) from Sell to Hold today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the company in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $41.33, a decrease compared to the opening price of $42.90. Selective Insurance Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $43.25. Typically, after analysts assign an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring updates, such as a price target change.

Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) shares last traded at $42.75, a dip of $0.10 per share or -0.23% from the previous closing price. Opening at $42.90, they varied from $42.15 and $43.25 throughout the day.

Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) now has a market cap of 2.47B.

Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) Average Daily Trading Volume

23,960 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 56,646,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

While higher trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive indicator 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 professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

With that in mind, Selective Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) now has a 50-day MA of $39.63 and 200-day MA of $39.08. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.27 – 43.25 and today’s last price is 1.16%% lower than the 52 week high of $43.25.

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% over the past 3 years.

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