Regions Financial Corp. (RF) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Evercore ISI

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) shares rose on Monday Dec 5 with lighter 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 Industrials on Monday opened at an all-time high as investors dismissed concerns about the outcome of Italy’s referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose DJIA, +0.41% 85 points, or 0.5%, at 19,260, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% began trade 9 points, or 0.4%, higher at 2,201, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 27 points, or 0.5%, at 5,282.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Evercore ISI from $0.00 to $15.00. With a rating of on the stock, Regions Financial Corp. has a 52-week high of $13.98. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $12.87, less than the opening price of $13.93, a difference of 9.21 percent.

Shares of Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) opened at $13.93 on Tuesday trading between $13.91 and $13.98, and last traded at $13.98, an increase of $0.24 or 1.71% compared to the previous closing price.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) now has a market cap of 17.20B.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 21,951,500 shares out of a total float 1,227,158,000 and some 2,710,257 shares traded hands yesterday, below normal. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors.

However, a single day of high volume 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 researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) 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, Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE: RF) now has a 50-day MA of $11.80 and 200-day MA of $10.02. It has traded in a 52-week range between $7.00 – 13.980 and today’s last price is the highest it’s been for the past 52 weeks.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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