There are many factors that can affect the health of a certain company. Because of this, it can be extremely difficult to find one single strategy that will prove successful in the stock market. Investors are able to study all the different data, but figuring out the relevant information can be a struggle. There is plenty of company information that can easily be measured such as revenue and profits. There are also elements that aren’t as easily computed such as reputation and competitive advantage. Finding a way to gather all the information and craft a strategy that incorporates all aspects of a company may be a challenge for investors. Because there is a highly inherent human element to picking stocks, price action may not follow expectations. Human emotion can reverse course rapidly over a short period of time. Investors need to always be prepared for market uncertainty while attempting to keep emotions in check. 

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for Qurate Retail, Inc. (:QRTEA, we can see that the all time high is currently 31.62, and the all time low is 1.5761094. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 11.1676
Six month high: 24.62
One year low: 11.1676
One year high: 25.03
Three month low: 11.1676
Three month high: 22.29
One month low: 11.1676
One month high: 17.55

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average for Qurate Retail, Inc. (:QRTEA). The current HMA reading is 12.526685. 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 13.913698 and the 20 day upper band at 15.091976. 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 0.02928728. 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 18.221186, the 100 day is 16.848495, and the 50 day is 15.813685. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 15.1281395, the 20 day is 14.502837, and the 10 day is noted at 13.399479.

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: 15.203
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 16.62295
Simple Moving Average 10 day13.232
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 16.294
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 15.859167
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 18.695524

Traders often prefer to focus on stocks that are higher in volatility. Higher volatility brings more opportunity for quick profits, but it can also bring quick losses. Traders will typically try to understand recent stock activity in order to make the most out of the price action. Seeing how a certain stock has traded previously may allow traders to project which way shares will move in the near future. It is highly important for active traders to know the risk involved with trying to capitalize on shorter-term price movements. Adept traders are generally able to focus on the bigger picture and not let one or two bad trades get them down. Developing confidence to trade in the stock market may take substantial time and effort. Defining long term and short term goals to help keep the focus intact may help traders secure profits.

Investors tracking shares of Qurate Retail, Inc. (:QRTEA) will note that since the stock opened at 12.605, shares have seen a change of 0.15. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 12.605 and tipped a high of 12.795. Volume on the day is presently 87439.