LendingClub Corp. (LC) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in note to investors by Janney Montgomery Scott

LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) shares rose on Tuesday Dec 6 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks looked for direction on Tuesday with the Dow industrials trying for a fresh record a day after closing at an all-time high in the previous session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.08% opened little-changed at 19,221, the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% climbed 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,206, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.20%

Analysts at Janney Montgomery Scott initiated coverage on LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) stock, rating the company at Neutral. Janney Montgomery Scott currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and LendingClub Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $6.57, above the opening price of $5.34. LendingClub Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $14.40. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after initiating coverage,. Changes in price targets are not unheard of.

Shares of LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) opened at $5.34 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $5.26 and $5.39, and last traded at $5.39, which represents a spike of $0.11 or 1.99% over the previous closing price.

LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) currently has a market cap of 2.12B.

LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) Average Daily Trading Volume

817,986 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 353,996,000. Swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While an increase in 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 indicator to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

These professional 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.

LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, LendingClub Corp. (NYSE: LC) now has a 50-day MA of $5.45 and 200-day MA of $5.18. It has traded in a 52-week range between $3.44 – 14.400 and today’s last price is 62.60%% lower than the 52 week high of $14.40.

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

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