Towne Bank (TOWN) Shares Active after Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) shares slid back in value on Tuesday January 17 on slower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 47 points lower, or 0.24% to 19838, the S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.29% to 2267, while the Nasdaq was down 19 points, or 0.35% to 5554.

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Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) from Hold to Buy today. Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Buy on the stock. The one-year price target of $32.00 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $32.20, resulting a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Towne Bank stock has a high of $34.55. Typically, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will later issue other updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) shares last traded at $31.80, a decrease of $0.81 from the previous closing price. Opening at $32.20, they ranged from $31.60 and $32.45 throughout the day.

Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) now has a market cap of 1.96B.

Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) Average Daily Trading Volume

22,648 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 16 percent below the average, out of a total float 55,977,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) 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 Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) have ranged from $16.50 – 34.550, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.00 and 200-day MA of $26.44. Today’s last price is 7.97%% lower than the 52 week high of $34.55.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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