TCF Financial Corporation (TCB) Shares Active after Upgrade at Wells Fargo & Company

TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) shares slid back in value in early trading today on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

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 Wells Fargo & Company upgraded shares of TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) from to Outperform today. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, TCF Financial Corporation has a 52-week high of $20.03. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock recently, and TCF Financial Corporation has earned a consensus one-year price target of $19.37, lower than the opening price of $19.57. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) opened at $19.57 yesterday trading between $19.22 and $19.57, and last traded at $19.32, a dip of $0.22 compared to the previous closing price.

TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) currently has a market cap of 3.23B.

TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,429,590 shares out of a total float 154,656,000 and some 160,580 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 65 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re considering.

TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) 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 TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) have ranged from $10.37 – 20.03, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $18.70 and 200-day MA of $15.14. Today’s last price is 3.54%% lower than the 52 week high of $20.03.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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