Investors are frequently on the search for the secret to creating that winning portfolio. Many individual investors would agree that information is highly important when picking stocks. Possessing the correct information about a public company is of the utmost importance. Knowing how to interpret the information is another skill investors may need to master before becoming fully immersed in the stock market. Taking the time to properly examine a company before purchasing shares may be the difference between healthy profits and disappointing losses. If a company looks good after the research is complete, patience may still be desirable. Often times, a good stock will continue to be good in the future. Dealing with market volatility is normal, but exploring all aspects of a company may be a good way to combat day to day volatility.

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for Oppenheimer S&P SmallCap 600 Revenue ETF (:RWJ), we see that the all time high is currently 79.4817, and the all time low is 11.3152. 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 79.4817, and the low price stands at 53.8551. For the last six months, the high was seen at 70.8319, and the low was tracked at 53.8551. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 70.5193/63.5601, and the one month high/low is 67.62/63.6699.

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: 66.8688
SMA 30 day: 67.472
SMA 200 day: 68.30682
SMA 20 day: 66.396
SMA 100 day: 65.0623
SMA 10 day66.634

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is -0.20779221. 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 67.39823. The 20 day lower band is noted at 66.11156. 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: 67.355
Ichimoku Lead 2: 62.235
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 67.075
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 66.465

Successfully tackling the equity markets may involve owning a wide range of stocks. Some investors may prefer growth stocks while others may opt for value stocks. Having a good mix of both types may help build of solid foundation for the portfolio. Investors may choose stocks in a specific industry that is gaining strength. If the industry is on the rise, the portfolio may be more likely to succeed. Finding companies that are considered leaders in their field may also be on the investor checklist. A company that has a large presence may help ease investor worry, especially in a down market climate. Finding the perfect stocks to add to the portfolio may not always be easy, and in fact it may be quite difficult. Investors may have to lay out goals to help keep things on track for both the short-term and the long haul.