Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) Stock Price Target Moved to $49.00 at FBR & Co

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) shares rose on Monday February 13 on 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 U.S. stock-market indexes opened higher on Monday, setting intraday all-time highs shortly after market open. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.35% opened up 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,322.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.44% began the session up 18 points, or 0.3% higher at 5,752. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.51% added 64 points or 0.3%, to 20,340 at the open.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) had its price target raised by equities researchers at FBR & Co from $47.00 to $49.00. The company currently has a rating of Mkt Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $52.42 is higher than the opening price of $48.08, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. stock has a high of $49.68.

Yesterday Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) shares last traded at $48.11, a jump of $0.25 over the previous closing price. Opening at $48.08, they ranged from $47.90 and $48.22 throughout the day.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) now has a market cap of 17.99B.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,506,800 shares out of a total float 373,062,000 and some 121,849 shares traded hands yesterday, 79 percent below the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

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

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

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

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) 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, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) now has a 50-day MA of $48.15 and 200-day MA of $44.73. It has traded in a 52-week range between $38.92 – 49.68 and today’s last price is 3.16%% lower than the 52 week high of $49.68.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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