Keeping Tabs on the Levels for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (:JEF): Change of -0.025 Since the Bell

Traders may be using technical analysis to help spot ideal entry and exit points. One idea behind technical analysis is that historical price movement trends have the ability to repeat themselves. Technical analysis involves the use of chart patterns to examine market movements and to help define trends. Trends in the stock market are not always easy to spot. Many chartists will strive to determine whether the trend is up, down, or sideways. After defining a trend, the technical analyst may look to see what type of timeframe the trend encompasses. Some traders will look to identify whether the trend is major or long-term, short-term, or intermediate. Being able to decipher what the data is saying may assist the trader with finding potential entry and exit points on a particular trade. There are many different indicators that can be employed when undertaking technical analysis. Many traders will do numerous chart studies to find out which indicator or indicators tend to project the most relevant trading assistance. Learning how to spot these trends might help the trader develop specific charting skills that will hopefully lead to future market success.

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (:JEF, we can see that the all time high is currently 84.25, and the all time low is 1.75. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 16.2
Six month high: 25
One year low: 16.2
One year high: 27.7
Three month low: 16.2
Three month high: 22.32
One month low: 17.01
One month high: 20.71

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average for Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (:JEF). The current HMA reading is 20.658278. 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 19.700972 and the 20 day upper band at 20.294617. 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 0.14782643. 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 20.275139, the 100 day is 19.619148, and the 50 day is 19.445034. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 19.71626, the 20 day is 19.997795, and the 10 day is noted at 20.319458.

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: 20.07375
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 19.408808
Simple Moving Average 10 day20.25
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 18.776417
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 19.675917
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 20.732004

Investors are often dealing with the decision of whether to sell a stock that has been a solid performer or hold on to it for more profit. This can be almost as trying as deciding when to buy a certain stock. Once investors have latched on to a certain stock, they may find it hard to let go. On the flip side, investors may also have to deal with cutting ties with a losing stock. With both scenarios, it may be important for investors to try to keep emotion out of the decision making process. Investors may feel that giving up on a losing stock can be admitting that a mistake was made. No matter what the circumstance, not letting go of a losing stock may lead to poor portfolio performance in the long run. Constantly keeping a close watching on fundamental and technical data can provide important information needed to stay afloat in the equity markets.

Investors tracking shares of Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (:JEF) will note that since the stock opened at 20.6, shares have seen a change of -0.025. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 20.54 and tipped a high of 20.71. Volume on the day is presently 681554. 

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