Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) Price Target Raised at FBR & Co

Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) had its price target increased by equities researchers at FBR & Co from $20.50 to $24.00. The company currently has a rating of Hold on the shares. A number of other analysts have spoken on the company in recent days, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $24.57, higher than the opening price of $22.42, a difference of 10.79 percent. Hilltop Holdings Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $23.12.

U.S. stocks finished higher on Monday as investor fears for an interest rate hike subsided after Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard urged caution about removing monetary stimulus too quickly.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.32% surged 239.62 points, or 1.3%, to close at 18,325.07, after jumping as high as 273 points.

The S&P 500 SPX, +1.47% rose 31.23 points, or 1.5%, to finish at 2,159.04, with all sectors closing in positive territory.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.68% finished up 85.98 points, or 1.7%, at 5,211.89, propelled by a rally in biotechnology shares

Typically, after analysts publish an “initiating coverage” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue periodic updates.

Shares of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) opened at $22.42 yesterday and traded in a range between, $22.27 and $22.79, and last traded at $22.78, which represents a change of $ 0.26 over the previous closing price.

Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) now has a market cap of 2.24B

The stocks average daily volume is 316,347 shares out of a total float 76,349,000 of and some 249,957 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 21 percent lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much 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.

Professional investors such as these 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.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH) now has a 50-day MA is $22.31 and 200-day MA is $20.45, and it has traded in a 52-week range between $14.28 – 23.12 and today’s last price is -0.01 percent off the 52 week high of $23.12.

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

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