Brown & Brown, Inc. (BRO) stock falls, “Sell” rating reiterated by Barclays PLC Analysts

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) shares fell in early trading today 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, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Barclays PLC analysts reiterated its Sell rating on Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Barclays PLC currently has a rating of Sell on the stock. The one-year price target of $40.83 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $44.91, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, Brown & Brown, Inc. stock has a high of $45.77. Stock prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) opened at $44.91 yesterday and traded in a range between, $44.69 and $45.00, and last traded at $44.73, which represents a dip of $0.18 from the previous closing price.

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) currently has a market cap of 6.27B.

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 747,003 shares out of a total float 115,415,000 and some 65,991 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 63 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

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

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) have ranged from $28.41 – 45.77, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $44.20 and 200-day MA of $38.84. Today’s last price is 2.27%% lower than the 52 week high of $45.77.

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

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