Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LYG) Shares Tick Up after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) shares rose in value Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) from Sell to Hold today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and Lloyds Banking Group PLC has secured a consensus one-year price target of $2.28, a decrease compared to the opening price of $2.88. Lloyds Banking Group PLC stock has a 52-week high of $4.58. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue recurring revisions, such as a price target change.

Shares of Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) opened at $2.88 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $2.87 and $2.89, and last traded at $2.88, which is a jump of $0.01 or 0.17% compared to the previous closing price.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) currently has a market cap of 43.71B.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 4,896,900 shares out of a total float 13,154,875,000 and some 462,789 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to pinpoint large volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks expresses a positive cue 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 instituitional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Lloyds Banking Group PLC (NYSE: LYG) have ranged from $2.47 – 4.580, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $2.83 and 200-day MA of $3.16. Today’s last price is 37.23%% below the 52 week high of $4.58.

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

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