Successful investors are typically highly knowledgeable when it comes to the stock market. Smart investors are usually able to know when to buy and when to sell. They are also adept at controlling risk and properly managing the portfolio to extract maximum profit. These types of investors have most likely put in the required time and effort that it takes to understand the inner workings of the market. Expecting that profits will start rolling in immediately can lead to extreme disappointment down the line. Investors have to learn how to align goals and expectations in order to confidently navigate the market terrain.

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for First Trust Dorsey Wright Intl Foc 5 (NASDAQ:IFV), we see that the all time high is currently 24.24, and the all time low is 14.75. 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 22.8694, and the low price stands at 16.8. For the last six months, the high was seen at 20.7, and the low was tracked at 16.8. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 19.7478/16.8, and the one month high/low is 19.7478/18.79.

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: 19.3135
SMA 30 day: 19.333834
SMA 200 day: 18.718775
SMA 20 day: 19.37925
SMA 100 day: 18.70685
SMA 10 day19.2575

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.48647782. 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 19.453056. The 20 day lower band is noted at 19.212194. 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: 19.0725
Ichimoku Lead 2: 18.835
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 19.265
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 19.23

The stock market can be an exciting yet scary place for investors who are just starting out. Individual investors who decide to manage their own portfolios may need to hit the books and be ready to take a comprehensive approach. There is no lack of information about investing in the stock market, but figuring out where to start can be difficult. Setting up goals and defining the investment plan can help start the investor down the right path. As many seasoned investors know, there can be times when nothing seems to be going right. Keeping a clear head and focusing on the relevant information can help the investor stay steady when the going gets tough.