Lincoln National Corp. (LNC) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Deutsche Bank

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) shares rose on Monday January 23 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising 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.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) had its price target increased by equities researchers at Deutsche Bank from $0.00 to $69.00. With a rating of on the stock, Lincoln National Corp. has a 52-week high of $69.49. The one-year price target of $71.58 is above the opening price of $66.67, resulting a number of other analysts to report on the stock in recent days.

Yesterday Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) shares last traded at $67.41, which represents a spike of $0.48 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $66.67, they varied from $66.60 and $67.41 throughout the day.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) currently has a market cap of 15.41B.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) Average Daily Trading Volume

109,980 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 18 percent lower than the norm, out of a total float 227,328,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks 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 is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) have ranged from $30.39 – 69.49, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $66.92 and 200-day MA of $52.96. Today’s last price is 2.99%% under the 52 week high of $69.49.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over the past 3 years.

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