Investors following the charts for ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI) may be taking note that the current ATR level is 1.87. The ATR or average true range was developed by J. Welles Wilder. The ATR tracks the distance that the stock price is moving each period. The ATR may be used by investors and traders to gauge when markets are likely to range, when extreme stock price levels are being approached, or if there is significant interest in a trend. ATR may be used as an indicator, but it may not predict anything by itself. Higher ATR’s may indicate that the stock is trending, and smaller ATR’s may be indicitive of stock price consolidation. The ATR range will be positive whether or not shares are trending up or down. ATR may allow traders to more accurately buy or sell into certain trends.

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Tracking some historical performance information for ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI), we have noted that performance for the previous week is 0.21%. YTD, the stock has performed 17.26%. Over the last full-year, shares have performed 19.06%. For the previous month, company shares are -2.30%. For the last quarter, the stock has performed 17.79%. Tracking some recent volatility numbers, shares are 3.62% for the week, and 2.41% for the past month.

ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI) has a current consensus broker rating of 2.00. This rating follows a scale where a 1 or a 2 would represent a consensus Buy recommendation. A rating of 4 or 5 would indicate a consensus Sell recommendation. A rating of 3 would represent a Hold recommendation. Checking in on the RSI or relative strength index, we see that the 14-day level is 54.71. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. When the RSI line heads higher, the stock may be showing strength. The opposite is the case when the RSI line is moving down. RSI may be used to spot overbought or oversold conditions. An RSI reading over 70 would be considered overbought, and a value under 30 would indicate oversold conditions. A level of 50 would represent neutral market momentum.

At current stock price levels, we have noted that ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI) shares are separated -7.59% from the 52 week high and 29.71% off of the 52 week low. From the open, the stock has seen a change of 0.40%. Looking at some other high/low data, the stock has been seen trading -2.31% away from the 50 day high and 16.28% off of the 50 day low. In terms of volume, the current value is near 4960. Investors may be keeping a close eye on unusual trading volume on company shares. A large increase or decrease in trading volume may suggest that other factors are present.

Investors might be taking a closer look at the portfolio after recent market action. Some financial insiders may be ready to usher in the bears and projecting the end of the bull run. While this may or may not be the case, investors need to be ready for any scenario. The time may have come to cash out some winners and cut the losers. A portfolio rebalance may be necessary in order to secure profits as we head into the latter half of the year. Keeping a diversified portfolio may entail adding some different sectors and even venturing into foreign markets. Investors will be tracking company earnings as we roll into the next round of reports. It may be a bit easier to make sense of future stock market prospects after seeing how many companies hit or miss their marks.      

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