CVB Financial Corp. (CVBF) Stock Moves Down and Here’s Why

CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) shares fell on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Analysts at Hovde Group downgraded shares of CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) from Market Perform to Underperform in a research note to investors today. Hovde Group currently has a rating of Underperform on the stock. The one-year price target of $17.83 is less than the opening price of $20.99, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, CVB Financial Corp. stock has a high of $21.42. Downgrades occur when analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have weakened from the original recommendation, often caused by a material and integral change in the company’s actions, future direction or industry.

CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) shares last traded at $21.12, a dip of $0.23 per share or -1.08% compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $20.99, they fluctuated from $20.73 and $21.20 throughout the day.

CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) currently has a market cap of 2.28B.

CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) Average Daily Trading Volume

116,296 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, lower than the average, out of a total float 100,262,000. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume growth or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show 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.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) 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 identifying trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for CVB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: CVBF) have ranged from $14.02 – 21.42, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $17.78 and 200-day MA of $17.13. Today’s last price is 1.38%% lower than the 52 week high of $21.42.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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