First Republic Bank (FRC) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Maxim Group

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) shares rose on Monday Dec 19 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, increasing 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.

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Maxim Group from $86.00 to $100.00. Maxim Group currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and First Republic Bank has earned a consensus one-year price target of $90.26, higher than the opening price of $88.64, a difference of 10.16 percent. First Republic Bank stock has a 52-week high of $91.71.

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) shares last traded at $88.88, a jump of $0.10 or 0.11% from the previous closing price. Opening at $88.64, they fluctuated from $88.43 and $88.99 throughout the day.

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) now has a market cap of 13.34B.

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,036,260 shares out of a total float 148,921,000 and some 75,411 shares traded hands yesterday, below the average. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to determine heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to determine a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as an indicator 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.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) 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, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) now has a 50-day MA of $82.06 and 200-day MA of $75.35. It has traded in a 52-week range between $56.32 – 91.71 and today’s last price is 3.09%% lower than the 52 week high of $91.71.

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

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