Although the investing process is fairly straightforward, securing consistent returns in the stock market is not easy. Throwing hard earned money at un-researched investments can eventually lead the investor down the road to ruin. Every individual investor may have different goals when starting out. Aligning these goals with a specific plan can create a solid foundation for the future. Nobody can predict what the future will hold, but being aware of market conditions can be a great asset when attempting to navigate the terrain while mitigating risk. Once the vision of the individual investor is clear, the road to sustaining profits may be much easier to travel.

Putting a closer focus on shares of MEARS GROUP PLC (:MER), we see that since the opening price of 289, the stock has moved -11. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Strong Sell. Volume today clocks in around 125987. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 289 and seen a low price of 278. Investors will be putting 3/19/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for MEARS GROUP PLC (:MER), we see that the all time high is currently 540, and the all time low is 57. Investors often pay added attention to a stock when it is nearing a historical high point or low point. For the last year, the high price is 400, and the low price stands at 265. For the last six months, the high was seen at 383, and the low was tracked at 265. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 380/271, and the one month high/low is 301/271.

Traders following the stock may be watching SMA or Simple Moving Average Levels. Many traders will be watching out for when the shorter-term averages cross above the longer-term averages as this may point to the start of an uptrend. Let’s look at the following SMA readings for MEARS GROUP PLC (:MER):

SMA 50 day: 287.46463
SMA 30 day: 290.87436
SMA 200 day: 306.37323
SMA 20 day: 292.17404
SMA 100 day: 293.52222
SMA 10 day291.5121

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Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is -0.5278458. The CMF value will fluctuate between 1 and -1. In general, a value closer to 1 would indicate higher buying pressure. A value closer to -1 would represent higher selling pressure.

Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 296.90707. The 20 day lower band is noted at 284.3399. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Traders have the ability to use a wide range of indicators when studying stocks. Each trader will typically find a few indicators that they heavily rely on. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator works to identify trend direction, gauge momentum, and identify trading opportunities based on crossovers. We can view some Ichimoku indicator levels below:

Ichimoku Lead 1: 285.75
Ichimoku Lead 2: 287.5
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 289
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 289

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 285.98166. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 278. The 20 period upper band reading is 300. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

As company earnings reports continue to roll in, investors will be watching to see which companies hit their numbers for the last reporting period. Investors will also be watching which sectors are reporting the best earnings numbers. A positive overall earnings season could mean that the stock market could keep climbing. Many investors may be cautious with the market trading at current levels. Even though the gloom and doom prognosticators are out in full force, investors have to do the research and decide for themselves which way they believe the market will move in the next couple of months.  

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