Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (OZRK) stock coverage started with “Buy” in note to investors by Brean Capital

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Analysts at Brean Capital initiated coverage on Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) stock, starting the company at Buy. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $47.56 is above the opening price of $47.52, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Bank of the Ozarks Inc. stock has a high of $54.90. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Shares of Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) opened at $47.52 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $47.52 and $48.38, and last traded at $48.23, an increase of $1.25 or 2.66% compared to the previous closing price.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) currently has a market cap of 5.84B.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) Average Daily Trading Volume

139,184 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal, out of a total float 103,262,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. As such, 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.

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

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) 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 investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) now has a 50-day MA of $40.51 and 200-day MA of $38.60. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.51 – 54.90 and today’s last price is 12.15%% lower than the 52 week high of $54.90.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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