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Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT, we can see that the all time high is currently 34, and the all time low is 1.1666725. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 8.4
Six month high: 15.9489
One year low: 8.4
One year high: 15.9489
Three month low: 8.4
Three month high: 15.9489
One month low: 8.4
One month high: 10.79

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average for TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT). The current HMA reading is 10.658854. Traders may use the HMA to help identify the prevalent market trend. This may also lend to spotting useful exit and entry points on the stock.

Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 9.408108 and the 20 day upper band at 10.165321. During a clearly defined trend, a break above or below these levels may point to the underlying strength of the trend. A break above the upper band may signal continuing bullish trend strength, and a break below the lower band may signal continuing bearish trend strength.

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently 0.004025403. This indicator was developed by Marc Chaikin who observed that the pressures of buying and selling could be figured out by where a period finishes relative to the range of highs and lows.

Traders may use a variety of moving average indicators when examining a particular stock. Checking on some Exponential Moving Averages, we note that the 200 day is 11.52891, the 100 day is 10.494776, and the 50 day is 9.737362. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 9.66073, the 20 day is 9.786715, and the 10 day is noted at 10.083876.

The SMA or Simple Moving Average can be calculated for different time periods. The SMA helps smooth out volatility and makes it a bit less difficult to gauge the price trend of a stock. Let’s view some popular SMA levels below:

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 9.68024
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 10.480577
Simple Moving Average 10 day10.00783
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 9.262016
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 9.45566
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 12.528181

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Investors tracking shares of TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT) will note that since the stock opened at 10.6, shares have seen a change of -0.16. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 10.43 and tipped a high of 10.79. Volume on the day is presently 10321. 

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