Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) stock slips, “Market Perform” rating reiterated by FBR & Co Analysts

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) shares fell on Tuesday January 17 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at FBR & Co reiterated a Market Perform rating on shares of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Market Perform on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $58.02. A number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $57.67, above the opening price of $54.80. Stock prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Yesterday Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) shares last traded at $54.50, which is a drop of $0.81 over the previous closing price. Opening at $54.80, they ranged from $54.42 and $54.96 throughout the day.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) now has a market cap of 273.38B.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) Average Daily Trading Volume

3,206,159 shares traded hands yesterday, 41 percent below normal, out of a total float 4,501,055,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) 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.

Trades for Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) have ranged from $43.55 – 58.02, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $55.03 and 200-day MA of $49.40. Today’s last price is 6.07%% lower than the 52 week high of $58.02.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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