Every individual investor strives to make the best possible stock investment decisions. New investors may have a limited knowledge of how the stock market functions. Studying the basics and accumulating as much knowledge as possible can help the investor create a cornerstone for future success. Everybody has to start somewhere, but continually adding to the market education pool might help the investor see something that they might not have noticed before. Taking a view of the stock market from various angles can help build a more robust databank from which to work from. Because market environments are always shifting, investors may need to do a little extra homework in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.19796036 for iShares Russell Top 200 Growth ETF (:IWY). The value of this indicator will fluctuate between 1 and -1. Traders may be watching when the CMF crosses zero. This cross might point to a bullish or bearish price reversal depending on which way it is moving crossing the zero line.

Tracking some stock ratings, we can see that the stock’s Moving Average Rating is currently pointing to a “Sell”. Traders may be monitoring many different indicators in order to get a grasp of where the stock may be moving in the near future. Taking a look at the Oscillators rating, we note that the reading is pointing to a “Sell”.

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 82.48. The 20 day upper band is 86.56. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Following trading action on shares of iShares Russell Top 200 Growth ETF (:IWY), we see that the stock has moved 0.5 since the opening price of 83.67. So far, the stock has reached a high of 84.33 and dipped to a low of 83.67. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Sell, and today’s volume has been measured around 2623.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently -1.3333529. Technical traders will watch the AO especially when it crosses above or below the zero line. A move above the line may signal a bullish scenario. A move below the zero line may indicate a bearish selling opportunity. The AO may prove to be a valuable tool for many momentum traders.

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There are a number of different pivot points that traders can use when conducting stock analysis. Pivot points can be useful for traders looking to establish trading entry and exit points. Focusing on some popular one month pivots, we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 85.3225. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 84.085, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 85.935. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 85.84333. The one month Classic pivot is 85.84333 and the Classic resistance 1 is 86.97667 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 85.12666.

Technical traders have many tools at their disposal when conducting stock research. One of those tools is the Exponential Moving Average or EMA. The EMA is similar to the simple moving average, but more weight is put on the newest data. Let’s look at some different EMA levels on shares of iShares Russell Top 200 Growth ETF (:IWY):

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 84.31446
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 84.68422
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 84.721
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 84.38282
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 83.03615
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 81.262726

Investing in the stock market comes with inherent risk. Some stocks are much riskier than others, but there will always be some level of risk no matter which stocks are chosen. Individual investors managing their own portfolios are constantly on the lookout for investing tips or some kind of information that may confirm their gut feeling about a certain stock. Investors may want to be wary when listening to stock investment advice from friends, family members, or even trusted colleagues. People are usually quick to tell others about the winning stocks that they have picked in the past, but they may not be very forthcoming about discussing those portfolio clunkers. After hearing about the next big stock, investors can always do the research and check the prospect out for themselves.

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