Chubb Corp. (CB) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at JMP Securities

Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, boosting the price target of 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.

Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at JMP Securities from $0.00 to $145.00. With a rating of on the stock, Chubb Corp. has a 52-week high of $133.89. The one-year price target of $140.44 is above the opening price of $131.54, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently.

Yesterday Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) shares last traded at $131.51, which is an increase of $0.10 over the previous closing price. Opening at $131.54, they fluctuated from $131.05 and $131.64 throughout the day.

Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) now has a market cap of 61.20B.

Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,648,950 shares out of a total float 462,258,000 and some 89,474 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 53 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use upticks 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 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 that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re considering.

Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) 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 winning trades.

With that in mind, Chubb Corp. (NYSE: CB) now has a 50-day MA of $131.63 and 200-day MA of $127.52. It has traded in a 52-week range between $106.82 – 133.89 and today’s last price is 1.78%% lower than the 52 week high of $133.89.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors watch for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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