Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) stock slips, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Barclays PLC Analysts

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) 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 Buy rating on Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Buy on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $69.49. The one-year price target of $69.75 is above the opening price of $66.07, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Share prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional analysts.

Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) opened at $66.07 yesterday and traded in a range between, $66.07 and $66.82, and last traded at $66.69, a decrease of $0.66 from the previous closing price.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) now has a market cap of 15.24B.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,706,100 shares out of a total float 227,328,000 and some 181,312 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 10 percent below 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) 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 successful trades.

With that in mind, Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) now has a 50-day MA of $66.09 and 200-day MA of $51.20. It has traded in a 52-week range between $30.39 – 69.49 and today’s last price is 4.03%% lower than the 52 week high of $69.49.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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