BB&T Corp. (BBT) stock down despite upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) shares slid back in value Thursday December 29 with lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks were little changed in early trade Thursday. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.04% rose 0.1% to 2,252, while the Dow DJIA, +0.04% advanced 16 points to 19,850. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.04% was virtually flat at 5,439.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and the company has secured a consensus one-year price target of $46.37, less than the opening price of $47.22, a difference of 9.84 percent. BB&T Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $47.85. Stock prices often trend to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) opened at $47.22 on Tuesday trading between $47.03 and $47.27, and last traded at $47.12, which is a drop of $0.08 per share or -0.17% compared to the previous closing price.

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) now has a market cap of 38.23B.

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 5,531,300 shares out of a total float 808,357,000 and some 263,050 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below normal. Momentum traders often use increases 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.

However, just a day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

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

These professional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) 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 marking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect— traders can make the best trades.

With that in mind, BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) now has a 50-day MA of $45.36 and 200-day MA of $39.31. It has traded in a 52-week range between $29.95 – 47.85 and today’s last price is 1.53%% lower than the 52 week high of $47.85.

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

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