Regional Management Corp. (RM) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) shares fell on Thursday December 29 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded 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 downgraded shares of Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) from Strong-Buy to Hold in a research note to investors today. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and Regional Management Corp. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $0.15, a decrease compared to the opening price of $26.78, a difference of 0.06 percent. Regional Management Corp. stock has a 52-week high of $27.04. Material and crucial changes in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) shares last traded at $26.51, which is a decrease of $0.37 per share or -1.38% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $26.78, they varied from $26.43 and $26.81 throughout the day.

Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) currently has a market cap of 303.38M.

Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 87,803 shares out of a total float 7,960,000 and some 3,948 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than normal. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

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

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

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are considering.

Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM) have ranged from $11.77 – 27.04, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $25.29 and 200-day MA of $20.84. Today’s last price is 1.96%% lower than the 52 week high of $27.04.

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

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