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Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.21794872 for GMS Inc. (NYSE:GMS). 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 16.511276. The 20 day lower band is noted at 16.004904. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.
Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 15.42 on shares of GMS Inc. (NYSE:GMS). The 20 period upper band reading is 16.8. 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 GMS Inc. (NYSE:GMS), we see that since the opening price of 16.62, the stock has moved 0.12. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Buy. Volume today clocks in around 1800. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 16.8 and seen a low price of 16.62. Investors will be putting 7/1/2019 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 GMS Inc. (NYSE:GMS), we see that the all time high is currently 39.98, and the all time low is 13.61. 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 32.095, and the low price stands at 13.61. For the last six months, the high was seen at 21.29, and the low was tracked at 13.61. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 21.29/14.71, and the one month high/low is 17/14.71.
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: 15.515
Ichimoku Lead 2: 18.025
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 15.9125
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 16.33
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: 15.9258
SMA 30 day: 15.865
SMA 200 day: 17.40335
SMA 20 day: 16.222
SMA 100 day: 17.54355
SMA 10 day16.454
Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 16.773556. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.
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