First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (FBNK) shares fall following downgrade at Piper Jaffray Cos.

First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) shares traded mostly flat on Thursday Nov 17 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks opened flat this morning, struggling for direction in early trade ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Ahead of an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said an interest-rate hike could come “relatively soon,”

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% fell less than 0.1% to 2,176.85 while Dow Industrials DJIA, -0.05% fell 9 points to 18,858. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.18% declined 0.1% to 5,291.48.

Shares of First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) were downgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Cos. in a note to their investors today. Piper Jaffray Cos. currently has a rating of Neutral on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $19.19, lower than the opening price of $20.50. First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $21.40. Downgrades occur when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation, usually caused by a considerable and integral digression in the company’s actions, future vision or industry.

First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) shares last traded at $20.75. Opening at $20.50, they varied from $20.45 and $20.75 throughout the day.

First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) currently has a market cap of 328.04B.

First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,183 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the average, out of a total float 13,059,000. Momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, one day of high volume buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. So market traders will continue to watch 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 instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) 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, First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) now has a 50-day MA of $18.23 and 200-day MA of $17.13. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.42 – 21.40 and today’s last price is 3.04%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.40.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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