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 -0.034428578 for Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ:PRTA). 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 “Strong 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 10.08. The 20 day upper band is 11.06. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Following trading action on shares of Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ:PRTA), we see that the stock has moved 0.02 since the opening price of 10.34. So far, the stock has reached a high of 10.45 and dipped to a low of 10.29. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Strong Sell, and today’s volume has been measured around 2900.

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The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently -0.09745588. 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.

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 10.51. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 9.96, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 10.92. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 10.57. The one month Classic pivot is 10.57 and the Classic resistance 1 is 11.04 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 10.08.

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 Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ:PRTA):

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 10.503173
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 10.575674
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 10.694578
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 10.983644
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 11.490507
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 12.050052

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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