Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (OZRK) stock starts with “Buy” rating in note to investors by BB&T Corp.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) shares rose on Thursday Dec 1 with lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Analysts at BB&T Corp. initiated coverage on Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Bank of the Ozarks Inc. has a 52-week high of $54.90. The one-year price target of $51.00 is above the opening price of $48.97, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Price changes targets are not uncommon as analysts and brokerage firms will publish periodic updates after initiating coverage,.

Shares of Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) opened at $48.97 on Tuesday trading between $48.79 and $49.56, and last traded at $49.42, a spike of $0.90 or 1.85% compared to the previous closing price.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) now has a market cap of 5.99B.

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

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,437,510 shares out of a total float 103,262,000 and some 144,632 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume aggregation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning 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 9.98%% 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 at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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