Long term investors looking for stable stocks should take a look at County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK).  The stock currently provides a dividend yield of 1.35% for the Financial company.  Sell-side analysts covering the shares are projecting that it will reach $27.93 within the next 12-18 months.  This is a solid upside to a recent tick of $20.81.  

On a consensus basis, analysts have a Buy/Sell rating of 2.10, which is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Investing in the stock market may include having to keep emotions in check. When things get crazy, investors may be forced with tough decisions. Being able to stay away from impulsive decisions may help when the time comes to tweak the portfolio. Having the proper discipline and market perspective may also be a highly desirable trait for a successful trader. Investors who are able to practice discipline may be able to avoid emotional trading pitfalls in the future. Even highly experienced investors may have to someday make the difficult decisions in order to keep the portfolio strong. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t may take many years of trial and error. Learning to filter through the daily noise can be a big asset when trying to focus on the particularly important information.

Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently.  Over the past twelve months, County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK)’s stock was -30.07%.  Over the last week of the month, it was -1.19%, -14.43% over the last quarter, and  -21.59% for the past six months.

Over the past 50 days, County Bancorp, Inc. stock’s -19.96% off of the high and 7.21% removed from the low.  Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.  -38.61% (High), 7.21%, (Low). 

Fundamental analysis examines the financial elements of a company, for example; sales, cash flow, profit and balance sheet.  These numbers are then crunched to create theoretical valuations of companies. 

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares.  EPS enables the earnings of a company to easily be compared to their competitors. The higher the number, the more profit per dollar is being made on investor capital.  County Bancorp, Inc.’s EPS for the trailing 12 months is 2.09.  Their EPS should be compared to other companies in the Financial sector.

Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share.  P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels.  Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively.  County Bancorp, Inc.’s  P/E ratio is 9.95. 

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Technical analysts have little regard for the value of a company. They use historic price data to observe stock price patterns to predict the direction of that price going forward.  Analysts use common formulas and ratios to accomplish this.

County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 40.66.  RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.

Individuals invest in order to get a return on the investment. Nobody enters the equity markets with the hope of losing money. Returns on investments may come in different forms. With any stock investment, there may be some level of risk involved. Understanding the risk is important and should be considered very carefully. Of course, the stock may go up and become a winner, or shares could sour and turn into losers. Returns in the stock market may often mimic the amount of risk. Generally speaking, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. With the greater chance of reward comes the greater chance of losses. Keeping a balanced and diversified portfolio can help manage the risk associated with investing in the stock market.

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