ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (CNOB) Stock Price Target Moved to $29.00 at Maxim Group

ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) shares were down on Monday Dec 19 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.22% was trading up 37 points, or 0.2%, at 19,879, inching up to break the psychologically important 20,000 level.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% was up 6 points, or 0.3% at 2,264, with nine of the 11 main sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.32% added 18 points, or 0.3% to 5,455.

ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) had its price target raised by equities researchers at Maxim Group from $23.00 to $29.00. With a rating of Buy on the shares, ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. has a 52-week high of $26.65. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $60.00, higher than the opening price of $25.75, a difference of 23.52 percent.

Shares of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) opened at $25.75 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $25.50 and $26.35, and last traded at $25.51, a drop of $0.65 per share or -2.47% over the previous closing price.

ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) currently has a market cap of 771.91M.

ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 91,572 shares out of a total float 26,306,000 and some 13,149 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average. Investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) 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.

Traders can make educated trades when they track the activity of professional investors.

With that in mind, ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: CNOB) now has a 50-day MA of $22.49 and 200-day MA of $18.47. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.86 – 26.650 and today’s last price is 4.30%% lower than the 52 week high of $26.65.

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

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