Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY) stock starts with “Positive” rating in note to investors by Susquehanna

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lighter trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% was off by 13 points, or less than 0.1%, at 19,815, with McDonald’s Corp MCD, -0.99% and General Electric CoGE, -0.95% leading the losses, down more than 1%.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.18% slipped 2 point to 2,270, with five of the main sectors trading lower. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.09% gained 4 points to 5,558.

Analysts at Susquehanna initiated coverage on Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) stock, starting the company at Positive. With a rating of Positive on the stock, Ally Financial Inc. has a 52-week high of $20.60. The one-year price target of $24.71 is higher than the opening price of $19.21, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Price changes targets are not unusual as analysts and brokerage firms will issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage.

Shares of Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) opened at $19.21 yesterday trading between $19.21 and $19.40, and last traded at $19.35, a spike of $0.08 from the previous closing price.

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) now has a market cap of 9.28B.

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 5,438,780 shares out of a total float 479,022,000 and some 278,310 shares traded hands yesterday, 84 percent below normal. 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 short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, 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.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) 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 spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

Trades for Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) have ranged from $14.84 – 20.600, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $19.72 and 200-day MA of $19.00. Today’s last price is 6.09%% under the 52 week high of $20.60.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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