Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (PB) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Wedbush

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) shares rose on Wednesday Nov 30 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an intraday record after opening higher Wednesday, led by the energy sector as hopes rose that the world’s major oil producers are near a deal on limiting output.

The benchmark S&P 500 and Dow were on track to post their largest monthly gains since March.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.22% gained 5 points, or 0.2%, to 2,209. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.41% added 62 points, or 0.3%, to 19,184, trading in record territory. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.08% was 7 points, or 0.1%, higher at 5,386.

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Wedbush from $58.00 to $59.00. Wedbush currently has a rating of Underperform on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and Prosperity Bancshares Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $58.19, less than the opening price of $66.35. Prosperity Bancshares Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $66.54.

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) shares last traded at $65.88, an increase of $1.15 or 1.77% over the previous closing price. Opening at $66.35, they varied from $65.50 and $66.41 throughout the day.

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) now has a market cap of 4.58B.

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 381,962 shares out of a total float 66,095,000 and some 19,755 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the average. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to determine substantial volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

While an increase in trading for short periods will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks expresses a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is critical.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (NYSE: PB) now has a 50-day MA of $58.50 and 200-day MA of $54.07. It has traded in a 52-week range between $33.57 – 66.540 and today’s last price is 1.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $66.54.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% for 3 consecutive years.

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