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Lakeland Financial (LKFN) Now Trades Above Golden Cross: Time to Buy?

Lakeland Financial Corporation (LKFN) reached a significant support level, and could be a good pick for investors from a technical perspective. Recently, LKFN's 50-day simple moving average broke out above its 200-day moving average; this is known as a "golden cross."

Considered an important signifier for a bullish breakout, a golden cross is a technical chart pattern that's formed when a stock's short-term moving average breaks above a longer-term moving average; the most common crossover involves the 50-day and the 200-day, since bigger time periods tend to form stronger breakouts.

A successful golden cross event has three stages. It first begins when a stock's price on the decline bottoms out. Then, its shorter moving average crosses above its longer moving average, triggering a positive trend reversal. The third and final phase occurs when the stock maintains its upward momentum.

This kind of chart pattern is the opposite of a death cross, which is a technical event that suggests future bearish price movement.

LKFN has rallied 23.8% over the past four weeks, and the company is a #3 (Hold) on the Zacks Rank at the moment. This combination indicates LKFN could be poised for a breakout.

Once investors consider LKFN's positive earnings outlook for the current quarter, the bullish case only solidifies. No earnings estimate has gone lower in the past two months compared to 2 revisions higher, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased as well.

Moving Average Chart for LKFN

With a winning combination of earnings estimate revisions and hitting a key technical level, investors should keep their eye on LKFN for more gains in the near future.


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