Simmons First National Corporation (SFNC) stock moves up, “Underperform” rating reaffirmed by Raymond James Financial, Inc. Analysts

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) shares rose on Wednesday January 25 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday crossed the 20,000 level for the first time, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also traded in record territory shortly after the market opened

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.60% advanced 100 points, or 0.5%, to 20,012,
The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.55% gained 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,289, with eight of the main 11 sectors trading higher.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.66% was 30 points, or 0.6%, higher at 5,630.

All three main indexes set intraday records shortly after the opening bell.

Analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. reiterated an Underperform rating on shares of Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. Raymond James Financial, Inc. currently has a rating of Underperform on the stock. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Simmons First National Corporation has secured a consensus one-year price target of $64.00, above the opening price of $61.10. Simmons First National Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $67.00. Stock prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) shares last traded at $61.45, which is a jump of $0.05 over the previous closing price. Opening at $61.10, they fluctuated from $60.35 and $61.80 throughout the day.

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) currently has a market cap of 1.92B.

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 165,473 shares out of a total float 28,793,000 and some 33,273 shares traded hands yesterday, 63 percent below 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.

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 simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) 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 Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC) have ranged from $38.30 – 67.00, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $62.27 and 200-day MA of $53.31. Today’s last price is 8.28%% below the 52 week high of $67.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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