There are plenty of technical indicators that traders can choose to follow. With so many different signals to follow, traders may choose to focus on a small number of indicators to start. Many technical analysts will use a combination of different signals in order to help identify the best entry and exit points of a trade. Becoming a master at spotting trends and creating charts may seem impossible for the novice investor. Taking the time to fully understand the methods behind the indicators may help the trader with trying to sort everything out. Studying up on the theory behind some of the more popular indicators may help the trader understand exactly what they are doing when setting up their charts.
Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 16.742718 and the 20 day upper band at 17.268291 for Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). 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 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 for Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW):
Simple Moving Average 20 day: 16.9259
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 15.548122
Simple Moving Average 10 day17.2583
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 16.514076
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 16.780266
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 15.092864
Investors tracking shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) will note that since the stock opened at 16.96, shares have seen a change of 0.53. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 16.955 and tipped a high of 17.515. Volume on the day is presently 1316343.
The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently 0.20365296. 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 15.249581, the 100 day is 15.899724, and the 50 day is 16.486156. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 16.823307, the 20 day is 17.005505, and the 10 day is noted at 17.19817.
Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 17.23443. 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.
Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW, we can see that the all time high is currently 17.73, and the all time low is 2.76. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:
Six month low: 13.565
Six month high: 17.52
One year low: 11.82
One year high: 17.52
Three month low: 13.98
Three month high: 17.52
One month low: 15.95
One month high: 17.52
Strictly technical traders typically don’t pay a whole lot of attention to fundamental factors such as value, competition, or company management. Technical analysts want to figure out trends based on indicators, charts, and prior price data. These types of traders are usually highly active and hold positions for short periods of time in order to capitalize on short-term price fluctuations. Active traders may be quick to unload a position if it does not pan out as expected. Technicians often pay a great deal of attention to support and resistance levels. These are levels where traders believe a specific stock will either see a bounce or a pullback.