When dealing with the stock market, investors may seek to make trades that will limit regret and create a sense of pride. Often times, investors may be challenged with trying to figure out the proper time to sell winners or let go of losers. Of course, nobody wants to sell a winner if it looks like there may be more profits to be had. On the other hand, nobody wants to hold on to a loser for so long that severe losses pile up. Investors often need to assess their own appetite for risk. Some may be able to stomach large swings on a daily basis. Others may not be able to take the volatility when dealing with riskier investments. Risk decisions may be made on past outcomes, and investors who have experienced previous profits and gains may be more likely to take a bigger risk in the future. Those who have only seen substantial losses may be more risk adverse in the future. 

Checking in on the Awesome Oscillator, we see that the reading is -0.36293882 on shares of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y). Traders may follow this oscillator to measure market momentum. Created by Bill Williams, the Awesome Oscillator calculates the difference of the 5 period and 34 period SMA.

Trading on volume of 20244, Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) has seen a change from the open of 2.575 since the stock opened at 622.885. Monitoring today’s activity, the stock has hit a high point of 629 and slipped to a low of 618.4. 

The 20 day Keltner Channels upper envelope is 636.62665. The 20 day Keltner Channels lower envelope is 614.5449. The Keltner Channels indicator was introduced by Chester Keltner in his book How to Make Money in Commodities. Keltner’s ideas have since been expanded upon and are widely used by technical traders.

Donchian Channels may be useful for technical traders. The primary function of the indicator is to measure volatility. The bands will widen when volatility is high, and they will become narrow with low volatility. The 20 day upper band level is 640.6. For the same period, the lower band level is 611.3.

Shares of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) ended last session at 625.46. Following today’s trade, we note that the stock has moved -0.052733347% since the opening bell. The company has a current market cap of 9265142000. The stock’s high price over the last month is presently 642.61.

Watching volatility readings, we can see the current value for the stock is 3.2373867. Volatility for the week stands at 2.5821512, and the monthly reading is 2.2083607. Volatility involves the amount of risk in relation to the amount of change in a stock’s value. Tracking the Bull Bear Power, we note that the stock is presently -4.6439543.

Following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator, we note that the current 20 day value is 0.004053234. Traders will watch to see if the indicator can help confirm an ongoing trend. In the midst of a bullish trend, the CMF value staying above zero may point to continuous buying pressure and the possibility of a sustained rise in price. In the midst of a bearish trend, the CMF value staying below zero may show continuous selling pressure and the possibility of continued price decline.

Scanning the equity market, we note that the stock’s current Oscillator Rating is showing “Sell”. Traders will take note of many different factors when examining a stock’s health. Flipping over to the Moving Average Rating, we see that the current sentiment is pointing to a “Neutral”.

Many investors may strive to be in the stock market when the bulls are running and out of the market when the bears are in charge. Investors often use multiple strategies when setting up their portfolios. Some may rely solely on fundamental analysis, technical analysis, or a combination of both. Investing can be an extremely tough process. Individual investors often strive to gather and analyze vast amounts of information in order to make educated decisions. Often times, investors may have initial success in the stock market, and then things may turn sour. Confidence may be necessary to make the tougher decisions, but overconfidence may lead to an underperforming portfolio. Overconfidence may cause the investor to make poor decisions because they are relying too heavily on personal interpretations.

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