Stock Under Review: Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO): Move of -0.115 From the Open

One of the most important factors that investors look at when examining stocks is the consistency of earnings results. When the quarterly earnings report is released, investors watch closely to see if the company is performing up to expectations. A company that fails to meet projections may see large price swings following the report. Of course one bad quarter may not signal trouble, but a company that continually disappoints during earnings season may need to be further examined to help figure out what is going on. Experienced investors will closely watch stock price movements before and after earnings events in order to gain a truer understanding of how the market is reacting to the reports.

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 for Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO):

Ichimoku Lead 1: 169.4225
Ichimoku Lead 2: 164.32
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 172.515
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 174.195

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 167.95 on shares of Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO). The 20 period upper band reading is 177.08. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Putting a closer focus on shares of Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO), we see that since the opening price of 176.825, the stock has moved -0.115. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Strong Buy. Volume today clocks in around 13465. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 177.08 and seen a low price of 175.91. Investors will be putting 4/29/2019 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 Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO), we see that the all time high is currently 187.975, and the all time low is 8.301975. 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 187.975, and the low price stands at 129.26. For the last six months, the high was seen at 181.97, and the low was tracked at 129.26. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 177.12/129.26, and the one month high/low is 177.12/162.57.

Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 174.60606. The 20 day lower band is noted at 171.40405. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.056889575. 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.

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:

SMA 50 day: 170.0928
SMA 30 day: 172.64517
SMA 200 day: 155.03725
SMA 20 day: 172.1655
SMA 100 day: 161.78806
SMA 10 day173.922

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Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 176.70319. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.