BancorpSouth, Inc. (BXS) stock coverage started with “Hold” in note to investors by Brean Capital

BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) shares rose in early trading today on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Analysts at Brean Capital initiated coverage on BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) stock, starting the company at Hold. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $31.38 is higher than the opening price of $30.80, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, BancorpSouth, Inc. stock has a high of $32.08. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Shares of BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) opened at $30.80 yesterday and traded in a range between, $30.75 and $31.05, and last traded at $31.00, a spike of $0.10 from the previous closing price.

BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) currently has a market cap of 2.90B.

BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) Average Daily Trading Volume

33,343 shares traded hands yesterday, 10 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 84,874,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) 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 winning trades.

Trades for BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) have ranged from $18.69 – 32.08, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $30.08 and 200-day MA of $25.36. Today’s last price is 3.37%% below the 52 week high of $32.08.

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

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