Investors are frequently on the search for the secret to creating that winning portfolio. Many individual investors would agree that information is highly important when picking stocks. Possessing the correct information about a public company is of the utmost importance. Knowing how to interpret the information is another skill investors may need to master before becoming fully immersed in the stock market. Taking the time to properly examine a company before purchasing shares may be the difference between healthy profits and disappointing losses. If a company looks good after the research is complete, patience may still be desirable. Often times, a good stock will continue to be good in the future. Dealing with market volatility is normal, but exploring all aspects of a company may be a good way to combat day to day volatility.

Following trading action on shares of Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS), we see that the stock has moved 1.59 since the opening price of 282.23. So far, the stock has reached a high of 284.62 and dipped to a low of 281.9. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 3021.

Tracking some stock ratings for Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS), we can see that the stock’s Moving Average Rating is currently pointing to a “Strong 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 “Buy”.

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:

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 281.56778
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 281.53827
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 281.76465
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 282.32953
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 281.3564
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 275.24353

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Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 276.95. The 20 day upper band is 287.69. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.04952161. 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.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently 0.42766178. 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 for  Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESS), we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 283.5925. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 279.495, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 289.645. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 283.25. The one month Classic pivot is 283.25 and the Classic resistance 1 is 288.96 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 278.81.

Successfully tackling the equity markets may involve owning a wide range of stocks. Some investors may prefer growth stocks while others may opt for value stocks. Having a good mix of both types may help build of solid foundation for the portfolio. Investors may choose stocks in a specific industry that is gaining strength. If the industry is on the rise, the portfolio may be more likely to succeed. Finding companies that are considered leaders in their field may also be on the investor checklist. A company that has a large presence may help ease investor worry, especially in a down market climate. Finding the perfect stocks to add to the portfolio may not always be easy, and in fact it may be quite difficult. Investors may have to lay out goals to help keep things on track for both the short-term and the long haul.

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