Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 25 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.
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 Sandler O’Neill upgraded shares of Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) from Sell to Hold today. Sandler O’Neill currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. A number of other analysts have commented on the stock in recent days, and Southwest Bancorp, Inc. has earned a consensus one-year price target of $28.75, less than the opening price of $28.90, a difference of 10.03 percent. Southwest Bancorp, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $29.70. Usually, after analysts issue an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, such as a price target change.
Yesterday Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) shares last traded at $28.65, which is a spike of $0.15 from the previous closing price. Opening at $28.90, they ranged from $28.05 and $29.35 throughout the day.
Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) now has a market cap of 535.27M.
Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) Average Daily Trading Volume
The stock’s average daily volume is 95,103 shares out of a total float 14,919,000 and some 57,218 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 23 percent lower than the norm. 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.
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 just refers to 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. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.
Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) 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 Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKSB) have ranged from $14.00 – 29.70, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $27.66 and 200-day MA of $21.40. Today’s last price is 3.54%% under the 52 week high of $29.70.
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