With equity investing, there will constantly be worries and fears. The volatility in the market that accompanies these fears may trick investors into thinking the next bear market is on the doorstep. During a market-wide sell off, many stocks may experience the pain. Over time, many may gain back the ground they lost and return to previous levels. The biggest names may be the ones to recoup the losses the quickest. However, many investors might get stuck waiting for a rebound that just isn’t going to happen. Having the flexibility to adapt to market conditions may help repair a damaged portfolio. Sometimes a readjustment may be needed in order to regain some confidence. As the next round of earnings reports start to come in, investors will be keeping a close watch to see which companies produce the largest surprises, both positive and negative.

Donchian Channels may be useful for technical traders. The primary function of the indicator is to measure volatility. The bands will widen when volatility is high, and they will become narrow with low volatility. The 20 day upper band level is 8.34 on shares of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR). For the same period, the lower band level is 6.08.

Trading on volume of 35462, Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) has seen a change from the open of -0.2 since the stock opened at 6.4. Monitoring today’s activity, the stock has hit a high point of 6.41 and slipped to a low of 6.2. 

The 20 day Keltner Channels upper envelope is 7.38648559. The 20 day Keltner Channels lower envelope is 6.55993275. The Keltner Channels indicator was introduced by Chester Keltner in his book How to Make Money in Commodities. Keltner’s ideas have since been expanded upon and are widely used by technical traders.

Watching volatility readings, we can see the current value for the stock is 4.73856209. Volatility for the week stands at 6.17146416, and the monthly reading is 13.3168178. Volatility involves the amount of risk in relation to the amount of change in a stock’s value. 

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Following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator, we note that the current 20 day value is -0.23909644. Traders will watch to see if the indicator can help confirm an ongoing trend. In the midst of a bullish trend, the CMF value staying above zero may point to continuous buying pressure and the possibility of a sustained rise in price. In the midst of a bearish trend, the CMF value staying below zero may show continuous selling pressure and the possibility of continued price decline.

Scanning the equity market, we note that the stock’s current Oscillator Rating is showing “Buy”. Traders will take note of many different factors when examining a stock’s health. Flipping over to the Moving Average Rating, we see that the current sentiment is pointing to a “Strong Sell”.

Checking in on the Awesome Oscillator, we see that the reading is -1.63527059 for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR). Traders may follow this oscillator to measure market momentum. Created by Bill Williams, the Awesome Oscillator calculates the difference of the 5 period and 34 period SMA.

Once the individual investor has figured out a plan to analyze stocks, they can begin to start building a portfolio. Because not everyone has the same goals, time horizons, and risk appetites, it is hard to provide one answer to the question of how to construct the perfect winning stock portfolio. Although every investor’s goal is typically to beat the market and secure consistent profits, this is no easy accomplishment. Professionals have spent many years studying the ins and outs of the stock market. There are certain strategies that may work better during different market cycles, but it is hard to say with any certainty that they will continue to work in the future. Markets and economic landscapes are constantly changing, and being able to keep up with the changes might involve tweaking strategies that have previously been successful but no longer are.

Shares of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) ended last session at 6.2. Following today’s trade, we note that the stock has moved -2.97339593% since the opening bell. The company has a current market cap of 26398192.6. The stock’s high price over the last month is presently 14.8.

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