OneMain Holdings, Inc. (OMF) stock falls, “Buy” rating reiterated by Jefferies Group 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 in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a Buy rating on shares of OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Jefferies Group currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $26.05 is above the opening price of $23.89, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company recently. Looking back over the last year, OneMain Holdings, Inc. stock has a high of $35.22. Stock prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) opened at $23.89 yesterday trading between $23.01 and $23.98, and last traded at $23.53, which is a dip of $0.26 compared to the previous closing price.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) currently has a market cap of 3.17B.

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

45,674 shares traded hands yesterday, 41 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 52,275,000. 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 researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

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 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 OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF) have ranged from $16.03 – 35.22, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $22.07 and 200-day MA of $26.42. Today’s last price is 33.19%% below the 52 week high of $35.22.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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