Investors and Traders using technical analysis to review stocks may be focusing on the ATR or Average True Range. Currently, Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VUG) has a 14-day ATR of 0.86. The Average True Range is an investor tool used to measure stock volatility. The ATR is not used to figure out price direction, just to measure volatility. The ATR is an indicator developed by J. Welles Wilder. Wilder has developed multiple indicators that are still quite popular in today’s investing landscape. The general interpretation of the ATR is the higher the ATR value, the higher the volatility.
Checking in on some other technical levels, the 14-day RSI is currently at 58.29, the 7-day stands at 52.82, and the 3-day is sitting at 24.98. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index, is a commonly used technical momentum indicator that compares price movement over time. The RSI was created by J. Welles Wilder who was striving to measure whether or not a stock was overbought or oversold. The RSI may be useful for spotting abnormal price activity and volatility. The RSI oscillates on a scale from 0 to 100. The normal reading of a stock will fall in the range of 30 to 70. A reading over 70 would indicate that the stock is overbought, and possibly overvalued. A reading under 30 may indicate that the stock is oversold, and possibly undervalued.
Another technical indicator that may be a powerful resource for determining trend strength is the Average Directional Index or ADX. The ADX was introduced by J. Welles Wilder in the late 1970’s and it has stood the test of time. The ADX is typically used in conjunction with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to help spot trend direction as well as trend strength. At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VUG) is noted at 20.58. Many technical analysts believe that an ADX value over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.
The Williams Percent Range or Williams %R is another technical indicator worth taking a look at. Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VUG) currently has a 14 day Williams %R of -30.94. The Williams %R fluctuates between 0 and -100 measuring whether a security is overbought or oversold. The Williams %R is similar to the Stochastic Oscillator except it is plotted upside-down. Levels above -20 may indicate the stock may be considered is overbought. If the indicator travels under -80, this may signal that the stock is oversold. Chart analysts may also use the indicator to project possible price reversals and to define trends.
Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VUG) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 25.76. Active investors may choose to use this technical indicator as a stock evaluation tool. Used as a coincident indicator, the CCI reading above +100 would reflect strong price action which may signal an uptrend. On the flip side, a reading below -100 may signal a downtrend reflecting weak price action. Using the CCI as a leading indicator, technical analysts may use a +100 reading as an overbought signal and a -100 reading as an oversold indicator, suggesting a trend reversal.
Investors may be circling the wagons wondering what’s in store for the stock market over the next few months. Capitalizing on the current trends may be just what the doctor ordered. Searching for value in the current investing landscape may be a priority for some investors. The mindset of one investor may be completely different from another. Sometimes stocks that look too good to be true actually are, and those that are actually very good may not look that enticing. Keeping a close watch on technicals and fundamentals may be a good way to start filtering through the vast sea of equities. Many stock enthusiasts will also keep a sharp focus on positive estimate revisions to help gain an edge in the markets. Whatever the strategy, investors will no doubt be searching far and wide for consistent outperformers.