Union Bankshares Corp. (UBSH) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) shares rose in value Thursday Dec 15 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) from Hold to Buy today. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. The one-year price target of $33.17 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $35.33, resulting a number of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Union Bankshares Corp. stock has a high of $36.09. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

Shares of Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) opened at $35.33 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $35.16 and $35.55, and last traded at $35.50, a spike of $0.26 or 0.74% over the previous closing price.

Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) currently has a market cap of 1.55B.

Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) Average Daily Trading Volume

22,048 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 42,598,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a cue 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.

Professional investors such as these retain 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.

Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Union Bankshares Corp. (NASDAQ: UBSH) now has a 50-day MA of $32.09 and 200-day MA of $28.06. It has traded in a 52-week range between $20.57 – 36.09 and today’s last price is 1.63%% lower than the 52 week high of $36.09.

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

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