There are many factors that can affect the health of a company. This is one reason why stock trading can be extremely difficult at times. Because there are always so many things to take into consideration, it may be next to impossible to create a formula that will continually beat the market. Even after all the data has been scrutinized and the numbers have been crunched, the investor still has to make sense of the information and figure out what to do with it. Knowing how to use the information about publically traded companies can end up being the difference between handsome gains and devastating losses. 

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 on shares of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA):

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 48.47818912
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 48.01756762
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 47.78023957
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 47.58633513
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 47.35307137
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 46.8307452

Following trading action on shares of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), we see that the stock has moved 0.02 since the opening price of 49.08. So far, the stock has reached a high of 49.29 and dipped to a low of 48.86. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 55194.

Tracking some stock ratings, 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”.

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.31678869. 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.

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, we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 47.77. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 47.37, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 48.97. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 47.57333333. The one month Classic pivot is 47.57333333 and the Classic resistance 1 is 48.57666667 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 46.97666667.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently 1.407925 for on shares of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA). 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.

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 46.57. The 20 day upper band is 49.29. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

There are many factors that can affect the health of a company. This is one reason why stock trading can be extremely difficult at times. Because there are always so many things to take into consideration, it may be next to impossible to create a formula that will continually beat the market. Even after all the data has been scrutinized and the numbers have been crunched, the investor still has to make sense of the information and figure out what to do with it. Knowing how to use the information about publically traded companies can end up being the difference between handsome gains and devastating losses.