First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (FBNK) Shares Active after Upgrade at Piper Jaffray Companies

First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) shares rose in value on Tuesday January 31 on lower 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 DJIA, -0.60% fell 140 points, or 0.7%, to 19,833, with 26 of the 30 blue-chip companies trading lower. Nike, Inc. NKE, -1.10% down 2.4% and Intel Corp. INTC, -1.70% off 1%, were leading losses.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% was off by 10 points, or 0.5%, to 2,270 with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Industrials, consumer-discretionary, and technology shares were the worst performers, while real estate and utilities stocks attracted buyers.

The health-care sector, which was down in early trade, rebounded after President Trump called for scaling back drugmaker’s regulation, lowering taxes and prices of medicines.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.25% declined 31 points, or 0.6%, to 5,581.

Analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) from Neutral to Overweight today. With a rating of Overweight on the shares, First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. has a 52-week high of $25.00. The one-year price target of $23.81 is higher than the opening price of $22.70, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Usually, after analysts give an upgrade report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) shares last traded at $22.20, which represents a spike of $0.25 over the previous closing price. Opening at $22.70, they fluctuated from $22.15 and $22.75 throughout the day.

First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) currently has a market cap of 332.40M.

First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) Average Daily Trading Volume

2,509 shares traded hands yesterday, 49 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 13,108,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day 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.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) 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.

With that in mind, First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBNK) now has a 50-day MA of $22.12 and 200-day MA of $19.17. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.42 – 25.00 and today’s last price is 11.20%% lower than the 52 week high of $25.00.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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