Recent trading patterns in the stock of Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE:GNW) have investors on high alert. Many experts agree that the best way to predict future performance is by studying the past. In the cast of GNW, these trading patterns could have some important implications for future performance. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership increased by a net of 3.11 million shares, or 0.91%.This is a bullish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for GNW overall.115 holders increased their positions, 121 decreased their positions, and 63 holders held their positions.

Among institutions that increased their positions, 25 were new positions. Among holders that decreased their positions, 37 sold out of the stock Genworth Financial, Inc.. Insider ownership during the latest quarter decreased by a net of 0 shares, indicating that GNW’s key executives are feeling more bearish about the stock than they did three months ago. Insider ownership during the last year has decreased by a net of 226699 shares.

Over the past year, the price of Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) has decreased -26.26% while the S&P 500 has increased 19.49%. During the past 20 days, GNW has decreased -5.49% while the broad market has increased 1.94%. GNW ‘s 20-day moving average currently sits below its 100-day moving average. This is a bearish signal that suggests the stock price might have farther to fall. GNW’s average trading volume during the past 20 days is lower than the average volume over the past 100 days, which could be an indication that investors are feeling less certain than usual about the direction of GNW’s future price movements.

Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE:GNW) has a 20-day RSI of 54.18%. According to this momentum indicator, a reading between 30 and 70 suggests the stock is not especially cheap or expensive, and not on the brink of a trend reversal. The MACD tells a different story. GNW’s 9-day MACD currently sits above the 20-day MACD, indicating that GNW’s upside momentum has increased during the last three weeks. This suggests that the trend will likely continue. GNW’s average trading volatility during the past few weeks is 38.54% higher than the average volatility over the past 100 days. This means that the stock’s daily price swings have been more extreme in recent times compared to the past.

Analysts expect Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW) to generate earnings per share of $0.99 in 2017. This works out to a decrease of -257.14% compared to last year’s earnings. For comparison’s sake, analysts expect the S&P 500 to grow earnings by an average of 12% in 2017. The average investment rating for GNW on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 3.50 or a Hold. Three months ago, analysts assigned GNW a 3.50 rating, which implies that analysts largely still feel the same about the outlook for the stock over the next year.