Investors are constantly trying to make smart moves in the stock market. Taking stock of personal strengths and weaknesses can help the investor attack the market with heightened focus. Often times, individuals may fall into traps that could have been avoided. Coming up with a sound investment plan and setting realistic expectations may help the novice investor become better prepared and focused. Positive returns are attainable with the proper preparation and dedication. Investors working with a longer-term plan might be approaching the stock market from a completely different angle than a shorter-term trader. Investors who plan to be in the market for a long period of time may not be as concerned about the day to day fluctuations as short-term traders. 

Scanning the levels on shares of Medallion Financial Corp. (:MFIN), investors might be seeing how close the current price is in relation to some historical high and low prices. Looking out over the previous 3 months, we note that the high/low is 7.15/4.065. Over the past 1 month, the high/low is 5.8/4.79. Looking back over the last full-year, the high price is 7.25, and the low price sits at 3.59. For the last six months, the high was seen at 7.25, and the low was noted at 4.065.

Investors are often searching through all the numbers to help decide which stocks to purchase. Taking a closer look at shares of Medallion Financial Corp. (:MFIN), we see that the stock’s latest close price was 5.68. Tracking historical price information can help investors see the bigger picture when looking at a stock. Since the beginning of the year, shares have seen a change of 20.682302. Over the last full year, shares have moved 33.490566. Bringing the focus in, the stock has changed -19.602272 over the past three months, 11.198428 over the last month, and 6.7904377 over the last week. Traders will be closely watching to see what happens to the stock price over the next couple of sessions.

Traders have the ability to use many different indicators when studying stocks. The Ichimoku Cloud is a highly popular indicator that helps display support and resistance. Looking at some Ichimoku levels, we note that the Ichimoku Cloud Base Line level is 5.435. The Ichimoku Could Conversion Line reading is 5.47. From another angle, the Ichimoku Lead 1 is presently 5.155, and the Lead 2 level is 4.905.

Traders often use pivot point analysis to calculate proper support and resistance levels. Pivot points can be used as markers for traders to identify entry and exit positions. We can now take a look at some one month pivot points:

Fibonacci: 5.4333334
Fibonacci support 1: 5.2996335
Fibonacci support 2: 5.2170334
Woodie: 5.4125
Woodie support 1: 5.215
Woodie resistance 1: 5.565
Camarilla: 5.4333334
Classic: 5.4333334
Classic resistance 1: 5.6066666
Classic support 1: 5.2566667

Looking at the stock’s volatility, we note that the current reading is 4.613587. High volatility may show how the stock’s value can possibly be spread out over a larger range of values. Lower volatility points to the fact that a stock tends to be steadier. Weekly stock volatility clocks in at 4.0248084 while volatility for the month comes in at 5.5143566. The current Bull Bear Power reading for the stock is 0.3375234.

The Donchian Channels indicator can be used to figure out if a market is overbought or oversold. A price breakthrough of either the upper or lower band may signal these conditions. The current reading for the 20 day lower band is 5.22. The current reading for the 20 day upper band is 5.7.

Technical analysts will note that the Awesome Oscillator reading is presently 0.20586765 on shares of Medallion Financial Corp. (:MFIN). This oscillator may fluctuate above and below a zero line and can be used to create a wide variety of trading signals.

A highly common way to study stocks is through fundamental analysis. Investors examining the fundamentals may be analyzing the underlying factors that can affect the performance of a particular company. When focusing in on a specific company, investors will look at company management, financial information, business prospects, and industry competition. The goal of digging into the numbers is often times a way to calculate the current value of a company and try to gauge the value into the future. Zooming in on the vital statistics of a company can help provide a glimpse of the company’s overall health. 

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