Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) Stock Rating Reiterated at Credit Agricole SA

Analysts at Credit Agricole SA reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more actively watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $52.21, higher than the opening price of $47.15. Wells Fargo & Co. stock has a 52-week high of $56.34. Stock prices often shift to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed essentially flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the Nasdaq Composite Index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) opened at $47.15 yesterday trading between $46.51 and $47.20, and last traded at $46.65, a jump of $0.64 from the previous closing price.

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) now has a market cap of 235.38B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 20,672,200 shares out of a total float 4,532,112,000 and some 11,313,061 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 13 percent below normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine heavy volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them buying a stock you are considering.

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

Trades for Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) have ranged from $44.50 – 56.3400, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $48.48 and 200-day MA of $48.66. Today’s last price is 0.17% lower than the 52 week high of $56.34.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to consider when buying stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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