Exponential Moving Average Check on Shares of 3M Company (NYSE:MMM): 20 Day at 190.56792

Individual investors have the tendency to migrate towards certain stock strategies that have been successful in the past. While following previous strategies may be profitable, investors have to be ready for sudden market changes. Most investors will rejoice when stocks in the portfolio catch a hot streak. On the opposite side, investors may become highly dejected when they experience a prolonged losing streak. Sometimes, previously successful strategies run their course and they no longer work. Investors may benefit greatly from being able to make adjustments when the market takes a turn for the worse. 

Investors tracking shares of 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) will note that since the stock opened at 189.23, shares have seen a change of 0.22. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 189.2 and tipped a high of 190.12. Volume on the day is presently 568569. 

Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 188.04944 and the 20 day upper band at 193.08638 for 3M Company (NYSE:MMM). 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:

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 190.628
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 195.91046
Simple Moving Average 10 day191.012
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 191.14423
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 189.86984
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 200.75143

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently 0.097058274. 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.

Trying to project the day to day short-term movements of the stock market may be all but impossible. Stocks have the tendency to make sudden moves on even the slightest bit of news or for apparently no reason at all. The daily trader may be looking to capitalize on swings or momentum, but the long-term investor may be searching for stability and consistency over a sustained period of time. During trading sessions, stock movements can seem like a popularity contest from time to time. Even after careful study, there may be no logical reason for a particular stock move. Riding out the waves of uncertainty may not be easy, but having a full-proof plan for when markets erode may just be the savior. Having the patience to wait out abnormal moves may help evade the mistake of letting go too soon out of panic. 

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 198.71985, the 100 day is 194.65097, and the 50 day is 191.9319. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 190.84416, the 20 day is 190.56792, and the 10 day is noted at 190.39084.

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for 3M Company (NYSE:MMM, we can see that the all time high is currently 259.77, and the all time low is 4.46875. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 176.87
Six month high: 217.87
One year low: 176.87
One year high: 259.77
Three month low: 176.87
Three month high: 211.95
One month low: 176.87
One month high: 198.245

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 188.35362. 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.

Investing in the stock market has traditionally offered higher returns than other types of investments. With the higher potential for returns, there is also a higher risk factor. Investors typically need to address their own personal risk situation before jumping into the market. Figuring out risk appetite can help when choosing which types of stocks to buy. Some investors will decide that they want to take a chance on certain stocks that have the potential to outperform in the future. Other investors may opt to play it safe and build a portfolio with low risk, staple stocks. 

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