First Busey Corporation (BUSE) stock starts with “Neutral” rating in note to investors by Piper Jaffray Companies

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened significantly lower in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 58 points lower, or 0.29% to 19895, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.28% to 2268, while the Nasdaq dropped 22 points, or 0.38% to 5542.

Analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies initiated coverage on First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) stock, rating the company at Neutral. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a rating of Neutral on the stock. The one-year price target of $30.00 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $31.04, that has caused a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, First Busey Corporation stock has a high of $31.42. After beginning or initiating coverage, analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Yesterday First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) shares last traded at $30.93, a decrease of $0.38 over the previous closing price. Opening at $31.04, they ranged from $30.87 and $31.06 throughout the day.

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) now has a market cap of 1.18B.

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 118,260 shares out of a total float 32,847,000 and some 4,444 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 16 percent below the norm. 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 just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) 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.

With that in mind, First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ: BUSE) now has a 50-day MA of $29.38 and 200-day MA of $24.46. It has traded in a 52-week range between $17.68 – 31.42 and today’s last price is 1.56%% lower than the 52 week high of $31.42.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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