Investors have plenty to keep up with when following day to day business news. Sifting through the headlines can be cumbersome, and figuring out which data to pay attention to can be very time consuming. News events can play a big role in the investing world. Big news has the ability to push a stock up or down. Sometimes the move may be justified, and other times it may not be. Disciplined investors are usually skilled at determining which information to focus on. Overreactions can play a large role in determining the long-term health of a portfolio. Investors often have to understand that a great stock can see periods of decline just as a weak stock may experience periods of strength. Putting in the research hours can help the investor prepare for opportunities when they spot unusual action in the stock market.

Following trading action on shares of ISHARES PLC (:IGHY), we see that the stock has moved 0.01861 since the opening price of 74.06019. So far, the stock has reached a high of 74.0788 and dipped to a low of 74.06019. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 673.

Tracking some stock ratings for ISHARES PLC (:IGHY), 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: 73.94369
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 73.7277
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 73.5361
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 73.27478
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 72.985504
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 72.87884

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 73.16. The 20 day upper band is 74.286. 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 -0.25533286. 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 0.71781605. 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  ISHARES PLC (:IGHY), we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 73.27. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 72.67, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 73.89. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 73.26667. The one month Classic pivot is 73.26667 and the Classic resistance 1 is 73.88333 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 72.66333.

Some investors may be lamenting the fact that they have not taken full advantage of the long bull run. There are plenty of pundits that are calling for a sharp stock market decline, but there are also many who believe that the ceiling has been raised and there is much more room for stocks to go higher. Getting into the market at these levels may be holding some investors back from jumping into the fray, and nobody can be sure which way the momentum will swing as we near the end of the year. The next round of company earnings reports should provide some good information about future prospects. Investors will be closely watching to see which sectors are running at full speed and which ones are lagging. 

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