Citizens Financial Group Inc. (CFG) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) shares rose in value Monday Nov 14 with heavier trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile as investors continued to try and decipher policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.11% rose 21.03 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 18,868.69, its third straight record close.
The blue-chip index had also touched a historic high of 18,934.05 during the session.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% fell 0.25 points to end at 2,164.20, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.36% dropped 18.72 points, or 0.4%, to close at 5,218.40.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Citizens Financial Group Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $28.43, lower than the opening price of $30.13. Citizens Financial Group Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $31.01. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue periodic revisions, such as a price target change.

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) shares last traded at $30.88, a spike of $1.03 or 3.45% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $30.13, they varied from $30.08 and $31.01 throughout the day.

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) now has a market cap of 16.00B.

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 5,383,160 shares out of a total float 516,500,000 and some 14,672,007 shares traded hands yesterday, higher than the norm. Significant increases in trading volume and price appreciation together could indicate considerable volume accumulation by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective choices on trades.

With that in mind, Citizens Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CFG) now has a 50-day MA of $25.84 and 200-day MA of $23.40. It has traded in a 52-week range between $18.04 – 31.01 and today’s last price is 0.42%% lower than the 52 week high of $31.01.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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