Bank of America Corporation (BAC) stock slips, “Outperform” rating reiterated by FBR & Co Analysts

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) shares fell on Tuesday January 17 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, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) had its Outperform rating reiterated by equities researchers at FBR & Co in a research note to investors. With a rating of Outperform on the stock, Bank of America Corporation has a 52-week high of $23.41. The one-year price target of $24.42 is higher than the opening price of $22.68, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Typically, after analysts issue a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue sporadic updates, often followed by a price target change.

Shares of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) opened at $22.68 yesterday trading between $22.40 and $22.79, and last traded at $22.41, which is a decrease of $0.60 compared to the previous closing price.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) currently has a market cap of 235.66B.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 118,250,000 shares out of a total float 10,507,405,000 and some 27,420,055 shares traded hands yesterday, 34 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal 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 substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) 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 Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) have ranged from $10.99 – 23.4100, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.32 and 200-day MA of $17.34. Today’s last price is 4.28%% below the 52 week high of $23.41.

Earnings growth is an important factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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