Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) stock coverage initiated with “Buy” in note to investors by Loop Capital

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) shares rose in early trading today on lower 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 Loop Capital initiated coverage on Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) stock, rating the company at Buy. With a rating of Buy on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $25.42. The one-year price target of $25.00 is higher than the opening price of $24.53, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to comment on the stock recently. Price changes targets are not unheard of as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Yesterday Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) shares last traded at $24.86, which represents an increase of $0.18 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $24.53, they ranged from $24.50 and $24.86 throughout the day.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) currently has a market cap of 1.25B.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 256,759 shares out of a total float 39,722,000 and some 28,083 shares traded hands yesterday, 39 percent below the norm. 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 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you are researching.

Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) have ranged from $15.28 – 25.42, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $24.30 and 200-day MA of $23.39. Today’s last price is 2.20%% below the 52 week high of $25.42.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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