Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LYG) Given Average Recommendation of "Hold" by Analysts

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Some buy side analysts are also providing their Analysis on Lloyds Banking Group plc, where 0 analysts have rated the stock as Strong buy, 0 analysts have given a Buy signal, 0 said it's a HOLD, 0 reported it as Underperform and 0 analysts rated the stock as Sell. The group's shares have lost more than two percent of their value over the past year, but are up but some six percent in the year-to-date.

On Monday Jefferies International reiterated its target for shares of Lloyds Banking Group PLC ORD as "Buy" recommending a target price of 86 for investors; potentially meaning there is an increase of 29.67% from Lloyds Banking Group PLC ORD's share price of 66.32.

The taxpayer's stake in Lloyds Banking Group has been cut to below 2% as the Government continues to sell down its shareholding in the lender.

The number of shares traded in the last trading session was 3.78 Million. If the share price is now hovering near the 52 week low and the value is achieved in the current past then it can suggest that the price of the shares is likely to go up. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,025,096 shares of the company's stock worth $16,729,000 after buying an additional 102,567 shares during the period. Lloyds Banking Group PLC now has a yearly EPS of 0.14. The 50 day moving average of LON:LLOY is 67.89 and the 200 day moving average is 61.94.

Relative strength index (RSI-14) for Lloyds Banking Group plc (NYSE:LYG) is at 37.59.

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Turning to Return on Assets or ROA, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LYG) has a current ROA of 0.31. The Moving Average SMA50 is -0.52% while SMA200 is 8.83%.

During last one month it showed the change of -1.17%. Lloyds Banking Group PLC has a 52-week low of $2.47 and a 52-week high of $4.42.

LYG stock's price is now -22.34% down from its 52-week high and +38.97% up from its 52-week low. The Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at 0%.

The decision comes after Lloyds announced plans to close 400 branches, resulting in 9,000 job losses.

The stock now has its Annual Dividend of $0.09 and an annual Dividend Yield of 2.66 Percent. Beta factor, which measures the riskiness of the security, was observed as 1.15.

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