Equity Bancshares, Inc. (EQBK) stock coverage started with “Outperform” in note to investors by FBR & Co

Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) 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 FBR & Co initiated coverage on Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) stock, starting the company at Outperform. With a rating of Outperform on the shares, Equity Bancshares, Inc. has a 52-week high of $38.03. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Equity Bancshares, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $32.50, a decrease compared to the opening price of $32.75, a difference of 9.91 percent. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently publish periodic updates. Price changes targets are not unheard of.

Shares of Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) opened at $32.75 yesterday trading between $32.70 and $32.85, and last traded at $32.80, which represents an increase of $0.29 over the previous closing price.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) now has a market cap of 269.58M.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,650 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 67 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 6,190,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum 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 commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

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

Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) 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 Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK) have ranged from $19.72 – 38.03, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.44 and 200-day MA of $26.65. Today’s last price is 13.74%% lower than the 52 week high of $38.03.

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

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