Investors who are new to picking stocks may find themselves tempted to buy shares that have been recently rising the most. Although the traditional advice is to buy low and sell high, novice investors often do just the opposite. Buying a particular stock just because it has been rising recently may end up leaving the investor shaking their head down the road. Expecting that a stock will continue to ride the wave higher can lead to disappointment when momentum suddenly shifts. Studying the fundamentals of a certain company can help the investor gauge if the stock is a worthy buy at current levels.

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 on shares of America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT), we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 83.6975. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 80.995, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 86.365. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 83.43. The one month Classic pivot is 83.43 and the Classic resistance 1 is 85.83 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 80.46.

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”.

Following trading action on shares of America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT), we see that the stock has moved -0.26 since the opening price of 80.79. So far, the stock has reached a high of 81.11 and dipped to a low of 80.53. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Sell, and today’s volume has been measured around 1400.

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: 81.70696
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 81.84017
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 81.25271
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 79.66078
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 77.09011
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 74.67066

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 80.53. The 20 day upper band is 86.4. 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 -0.25123087. 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 -1.1313382 for America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT). 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.

When examining current stock market levels, investors who have been staying on the sidelines may be wondering if now is a good time to get back into the ring. Nobody can say for sure if momentum will continue to push to the upside, and investors may be overly cautious at this stage. Studying company financials and paying attention to pertinent economic data can help the investor make more educated decisions when it comes to the stock market. It is obviously very hard for a new investor to become highly successful in the stock market right out of the gate. Doing all the homework and dedicating the proper amount of time can help the investor get on the right track to accumulating profits down the road.

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