OneMain Holdings, Inc. (OMF) stock slips, “Hold” rating reiterated by Barclays PLC Analysts

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) 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 Hold rating on OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Hold on the shares, OneMain Holdings, Inc. has a 52-week high of $37.00. The one-year price target of $26.05 is above the opening price of $23.46, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company in recent days. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) shares last traded at $23.17, which represents a dip of $0.38 over the previous closing price. Opening at $23.46, they ranged from $22.68 and $23.46 throughout the day.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) currently has a market cap of 3.12B.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) Average Daily Trading Volume

48,884 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 53 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 52,275,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) 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 traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) have ranged from $16.03 – 37.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $21.84 and 200-day MA of $26.38. Today’s last price is 37.38%% under the 52 week high of $37.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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