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Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 7.897161 for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company(NASDAQ:HMHC). The 20 day lower band is noted at 7.5701237. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.
Putting a closer focus on shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company(NASDAQ:HMHC), we see that since the opening price of 7.96, the stock has moved 0.045. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Buy. Volume today clocks in around 10388. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 8.005 and seen a low price of 7.96. Investors will be putting 5/6/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.
Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.27174297. 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 Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 8.112778. 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 7.2. The 20 period upper band reading is 8.23. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.
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: 7.4079
SMA 30 day: 7.561333
SMA 200 day: 8.880025
SMA 20 day: 7.677
SMA 100 day: 8.13725
SMA 10 day7.8795
Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC), we see that the all time high is currently 27.14, and the all time low is 5.1. 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 10.64, and the low price stands at 5.1. For the last six months, the high was seen at 10.64, and the low was tracked at 5.97. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 10.64/6.81, and the one month high/low is 8.24/6.81.
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: 7.18
Ichimoku Lead 2: 8.035
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 7.64
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 7.895
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