When trading the stock market, investors constantly have to deal with volatility. There are many different reasons why markets may see increased volatility. Whether it is political change, economic events, or even natural disasters, there is always something brewing that has the ability to disrupt the market. When a big event happens, investors might be faced with challenges and be forced to react. Overreacting to market downturns may be common, but it may also hurt the health of the stock portfolio. When the stock market gets choppy and slides, investors may be tempted to quickly pull money out. Pulling out of positions based on specific events may be the right move sometimes, but investors may find that they missed out on gains that followed after a rebound. Staying disciplined and being prepared can help the investor ride out temporary market turbulence.

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 for BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP), we can see that the 10 day EMA is 43.280296, the 20 day is 42.96371, and the 30 day is 42.784016. Pulling back a bit, we note that the 100 day EMA is 41.865906, the 50 day is 42.45241, and the 200 day EMA is 41.73665.

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 BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP), we see that the most recent close price was 43.95
Year-to-date: 15.849156
Prior week: 3.9763315
Prior month: 3.0253284
Last 6 months:1.9021109
Last 3 months: 12.4967985

After a recent check, we see that the Bull Bear Power reading is 1.6586645. Moving to some volatility readings, we see that the current value is 0.7287634. Looking out for the week, volatility is 1.081831. For the previous month, volatility is at 0.88021445. Investors often track volatility across sectors to compare with the overall volatility in the market.

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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 42.293335 while the Fibonacci support 1 pivot is 41.932343, and the Fibonacci support 2 is 41.709324. Checking on the one month Woodie pivot, we note the level at 42.24625. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 41.7075, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 42.6525.

Following recent trading activity, we note that BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) has seen a move of -0.29491833% since the open. The prior close was 43.95 and the one month high price is currently 44.2671.

Shifting the technical focus to Keltner Channels, we see that the 20 day upper envelope is 43.311527. The 20 day lower envelope is currently 42.61589. Traders may be watching for a breakthrough of the higher or lower Keltner bands.

As any seasoned investor knows, markets can move up or down in the blink of an eye. Investors who attempt to beat the market without creating a plan may find themselves grasping at straws down the line. Building a plan that included the right level of risk may be different for every individual. Managing risk and staying on top of the stock portfolio can help investors ride out the storm when it eventually rolls in. Anybody who manages their own portfolio knows that it can be extremely challenging at times. Finding a consistent process that works when markets become volatile can be a big help to the investor. Controlling emotions and conducting the necessary research can help the investor make the difficult decisions when they crop up.

Investors might be looking around every corner when analyzing shares of BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP). 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: 79.77
All time low: 1.125
52 week high: 47.83
52 week low: 36.28
6 month high: 47.16
6 month low: 36.28
3 month high: 44.2671
3 month low: 36.28
One month high: 44.2671
One month low: 41.67

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