The stock investing process may seem intimidating to those just starting out. New investors may have a lot to learn, and they may be wondering where to start. Because there are so many different stock picking strategies, it can be hard to find one specific one to latch on to. Keeping things simple might be a good way to approach the market for beginners. The day to day market happenings can get overwhelming not only for amateurs but professional investors as well. Finding that first little advantage can make all the difference when picking stocks. Many new investors may have the tendency to make too many trades at first without doing the proper research. Easing in to the process may give some much needed perspective for attaining long-term success in the stock market.
Investors might be looking around every corner when analyzing shares of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA). Many investors will closely track a stock when it nears a major historical high or low point. Let’s take a quick peek at some major historical highs and lows for the stock:
All time high: 146.5
All time low: 17.03
52 week high: 146.5
52 week low: 82.08
6 month high: 146.5
6 month low: 101.3
3 month high: 146.5
3 month low: 121.17
One month high: 146.5
One month low: 133.48
Traders using technical analysis may be employing moving average indicators to assist with gauging a certain market move or to indicate its strength. Many traders will rely on the EMA or Exponential Moving Average to accomplish this. Checking on some recent levels we can see that the 10 day EMA is 143.21095, the 20 day is 141.21054, and the 30 day is 140.1288. Pulling back a bit, we note that the 100 day EMA is 136.21678, the 50 day is 138.7694, and the 200 day EMA is 130.21039.
A good way for investors to understand stock price movements is to look at how it has performed at various intervals in the past. Tracking shares of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA), we see that the most recent close price was 146.26
Prior week: 7.9551325
Prior month: 7.8119245
Last 6 months:40.326138
Last 3 months: 9.147206
After a recent check, we see that the Bull Bear Power reading is 6.440672. Moving to some volatility readings, we see that the current value is 1.9201336. Looking out for the week, volatility is 2.422732. For the previous month, volatility is at 2.4429379. Investors often track volatility across sectors to compare with the overall volatility in the market.
Traders use pivot point analysis to help determine key levels where a stock price may react. Tracking these turn around levels may help the trader while attempting stock analysis. Looking at some current one month pivots, we note that the Fibonacci pivot is 141.49333 while the Fibonacci support 1 pivot is 137.2875, and the Fibonacci support 2 is 134.68915. Checking on the one month Woodie pivot, we note the level at 142.9625. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 140.185, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 151.195.
One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of the individual investor is unrealistic expectations. Many times, investors will have an incorrect vision of what they expect to get from their investments in terms of actual returns. Creating unrealistic expectations can lead to overextending risk in the future. If an investor loses patience and thinks that they should be seeing bigger returns than they are currently generating, this may cause them to enter into a few ill advised trades in order to try to hit that previously determined number. Setting realistic, attainable goals may help the investor immensely, not just in terms of future returns, but in terms of the psyche as well.
Following recent trading activity, we note that HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:HCA) has seen a move of 0.24674435% since the open. The prior close was 146.26 and the one month high price is currently 146.5.
Shifting the technical focus to Keltner Channels, we see that the 20 day upper envelope is 143.27354. The 20 day lower envelope is currently 139.14755. Traders may be watching for a breakthrough of the higher or lower Keltner bands.