Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (HIG) stock slips, “Buy” rating reiterated by Barclays PLC Analysts

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) 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%.

Analysts at Barclays PLC reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $48.82. The one-year price target of $51.69 is higher than the opening price of $48.27, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the stock in recent days. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) shares last traded at $48.40, which is a drop of $0.05 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $48.27, they ranged from $48.14 and $48.42 throughout the day.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) currently has a market cap of 18.28B.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,413,140 shares out of a total float 376,895,000 and some 138,959 shares traded hands yesterday, 92 percent lower than normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch 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 researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) 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 tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) have ranged from $36.54 – 48.82, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $47.87 and 200-day MA of $43.93. Today’s last price is 0.86%% lower than the 52 week high of $48.82.

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

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