Investors often have a large selection of stocks to research when looking to add to the portfolio. Investors have the ability to employ many different strategies to help beat the stock market. In the end, the main goal is typically to maximize profits while minimizing risk. Investors commonly strive to diversify the portfolio in order to minimize risk. Most serious investors are well aware of the risks when entering the equity market. Investors may choose to own stocks across multiple industries to keep from having all the eggs in one basket. Others may choose companies of different size, and even delve into foreign markets.  Finding those hidden gems in the stock market may not be the easiest of chores. Investors may have to spend many hours doing the research and crunching the numbers.   

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 U.S. Financials ETF (:IYF):

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 123.88722
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 124.09353
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 123.909615
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 123.2279
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 121.52474
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 119.60702

Following trading action on shares of iShares U.S. Financials ETF (:IYF), we see that the stock has moved 0.66 since the opening price of 123.39. So far, the stock has reached a high of 124.26 and dipped to a low of 123.25. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 3532.

Tracking some stock ratings, we can see that the stock’s Moving Average Rating is currently pointing to a “Buy”. 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”.

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Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.014508926. 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.

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 125.07. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 123.84, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 125.7. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 125.65. The one month Classic pivot is 125.65 and the Classic resistance 1 is 126.86 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 125.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently -1.0169117 for on shares of iShares U.S. Financials ETF (:IYF). 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.

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 121.66. The 20 day upper band is 126.3. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Investors looking to make big gains in the equity market may be looking to fine tune an existing strategy or create a whole new one. It may sound quite easy, buy low and sell high. Obviously, navigating the stock market typically entails much more than that. Identifying market tops and correction levels may be very difficult. Of course, it always hurts to take a loss, but figuring out how to shrink losses can help keep the ship afloat during turbulent market conditions. The situation for the average investor may vary greatly from one person to the next. Some investors will be working with a short-term plan, while other may be focused on a longer-term investment horizon. Goals may also vary from individual to individual. Keeping these goals in sight may help clear up the sometimes foggy investing waters, and provide clarity for creating a winning portfolio. 

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