Investors may be looking ahead to the next couple of quarters trying to gauge whether the bulls will stay in charge or if the bears will start to take over. Of course, nobody knows for sure which way the market will turn, but being ready for any situation can greatly help the investor prepare. Many investors will be trying to find that balance between being too aggressive and too conservative with stock selection. This can be a tricky aspect to address as there are so many different factors that can come into play. Studying the important pieces of economic data on a regular basis can help with crafting a legitimate hypothesis about where stocks will be in the future.

Trading on volume of 101929, Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) has seen a change from the open of -0.09 since the stock opened at 28.5. Monitoring today’s activity, the stock has hit a high point of 28.755 and slipped to a low of 28.3. 

Checking in on the Awesome Oscillator, we see that the reading is -1.03855588 for Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI). Traders may follow this oscillator to measure market momentum. Created by Bill Williams, the Awesome Oscillator calculates the difference of the 5 period and 34 period SMA.

The 20 day Keltner Channels upper envelope is 29.41092146. The 20 day Keltner Channels lower envelope is 28.43638552. The Keltner Channels indicator was introduced by Chester Keltner in his book How to Make Money in Commodities. Keltner’s ideas have since been expanded upon and are widely used by technical traders.

Donchian Channels may be useful for technical traders. The primary function of the indicator is to measure volatility. The bands will widen when volatility is high, and they will become narrow with low volatility. The 20 day upper band level is 30.22. For the same period, the lower band level is 28.

Shares of Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) ended last session at 28.41. Following today’s trade, we note that the stock has moved -0.31578947% since the opening bell. The company has a current market cap of 1774126321. The stock’s high price over the last month is presently 31.02.

Watching volatility readings, we can see the current value for the stock is 3.01785714. Volatility for the week stands at 2.84692972, and the monthly reading is 2.46004399. Volatility involves the amount of risk in relation to the amount of change in a stock’s value. 

Following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator, we note that the current 20 day value is -0.09856628. Traders will watch to see if the indicator can help confirm an ongoing trend. In the midst of a bullish trend, the CMF value staying above zero may point to continuous buying pressure and the possibility of a sustained rise in price. In the midst of a bearish trend, the CMF value staying below zero may show continuous selling pressure and the possibility of continued price decline.

Scanning the equity market, we note that the stock’s current Oscillator Rating is showing “Sell”. Traders will take note of many different factors when examining a stock’s health. Flipping over to the Moving Average Rating, we see that the current sentiment is pointing to a “Strong Sell”.

Successful investors are typically highly knowledgeable when it comes to the stock market. Smart investors are usually able to know when to buy and when to sell. They are also adept at controlling risk and properly managing the portfolio to extract maximum profit. These types of investors have most likely put in the required time and effort that it takes to understand the inner workings of the market. Expecting that profits will start rolling in immediately can lead to extreme disappointment down the line. Investors have to learn how to align goals and expectations in order to confidently navigate the market terrain.