When monitoring analyst ratings, investors can use the average brokerage recommendation score to determine the consensus view on the stock. The ABR is an average of the recommendations offered by research firms on a given equity. The ABR rank is displayed in the range of 1 to 5 where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and a rating of 5 represents a Strong Sell. While tracking shares of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), we have noted that the current average broker rating is currently 2.14. Going further, we can see that 7 Wall Street analysts have given the stock a Strong Buy or Buy rating, based on analysts polled by Zacks Research.

Successful traders and investors often learn how to develop disciplined strategies. Trading strategies can range from very simple to highly complex. Whatever the strategy choice, investors who stay the course may have a better chance of coming out a winner in the stock market. Traders may try to avoid getting trapped into a sour situation. Being able to stomach some losses along the way may not be easy, but it may help sustain profits in the long run. Making the best possible decision is typically what many investors attempt to accomplish. Often times, it may take some bad trades to get to the good ones. Combining the study of company fundamentals with technical stock charts may lead to increased overall knowledge about a particular name. Technical analysts will often be following price action tick by tick with the hopes of capitalizing on a defined trend. 

Shifting gears, we can see that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate for BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) is 0.75. This EPS estimate is using 9 sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research. For the prior reporting period, the company posted a quarterly EPS of 0.39. As we move through earnings season, all eyes will be on the company to see if they can beat analyst estimates and show improvement from the last quarter. When a company reports actual earnings numbers, the surprise factor can cause a stock price to realize increased activity. Investors and analysts will be closely watching to see how the earnings results impact the stock after the next release. Many investors will decide to be cautious around earnings releases and delay buy/sell moves until after the stock price has steadied.

Viewing some popular support and resistance marks on shares of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI), we can see that the 52-week high is presently $75.7, and the 52-week low is currently $36.4. When the stock is trading near the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors may be on the lookout for a potential break through the level. Looking at recent action, we can see that the stock has been trading near the $50.19 level. Investors may also want to track historical price activity. Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has changed -20.55%. Looking further back to the beginning of the calendar year, we note that shares have moved -0.75%. Over the previous 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of -9.78%. Over the last 5 trading sessions, the stock has moved 0.72%. Investors will be monitoring stock activity over the next few days to try and gauge which way the momentum is shifting.

Investors may be trying to figure out which chart patterns or technical indicators to use. This may take some time to figure out which strategy works for each individual. Back testing specific indicators can be a good way to personally evaluate a particular method. Many investors will opt to follow trading strategies of the professionals. This may work well for some but not others. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t should help the investor make better future decisions. Some investors will choose to go against the grain and develop a contrarian approach. Pulling out substantial profits in the markets may seem like a daunting task. Playing things safe may be the choice for one investor but not the next. Many people will choose to adhere to the old saying of nothing ventured nothing gained. This of course may vary from investor to investor depending on the amount of capital available.

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