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Scanning the stock wires: Hull MA Touches 11.3938563 for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. ($NASDAQ:PFLT)

Some investors may be lamenting the fact that they have not taken full advantage of the long bull run. There are plenty of pundits that are calling for a sharp stock market decline, but there are also many who believe that the ceiling has been raised and there is much more room for stocks to go higher. Getting into the market at these levels may be holding some investors back from jumping into the fray, and nobody can be sure which way the momentum will swing as we near the end of the year. The next round of company earnings reports should provide some good information about future prospects. Investors will be closely watching to see which sectors are running at full speed and which ones are lagging. 

Many traders will look to optimize stock trades by using various technical indicators. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator is highly flexible and is commonly used in conjunction with the RSI to help confirm momentum and overall trends. Let’s focus on a few different Ichimoku readings on shares of PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:PFLT):

Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 11.51075
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 11.42575
Ichimoku Lead 1: 11.47
Ichimoku Lead 2: 11.465

Traders following shares of PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:PFLT) may have noted that the stock most recently closed at 11.4. Going back a full-year, the stock has seen a change of -16.36096845 over that stretch. Taking the focus in to more recent action, shares have seen a move of -0.48013968 over the last week. Over the prior month, the stock has moved -2.39726027. Over the past three months, the stock has moved -2.22984563.

There are multiple moving average indicators that traders may rely on when conducting stock research. One of the most popular is the Simple Moving Average. The SMA is unweighted, meaning that each period in the set of data is weighted equally. Looking at some SMA levels, we can see that the 10 day is 11.40702, the 20 day is 11.495605, and the 30 day is 11.51963667. Tracking some other time periods, we note that the 50 day SMA is 11.534282 , the 100 day is 11.573061 , and the 200 day SMA is currently 11.972698.

Tracking some one month stock pivot points, we note that the Classic Pivot is 11.52833333, the Classic resistance 1 is 11.62666667, and the Classic support 1 is presently 11.35666667. The Fibonacci one month pivot is 11.52833333 while the Fibonacci support 1 pivot is 11.42519333, and the Fibonacci support 2 is 11.36147333. Looking at one month Woodie pivot, we note the level at 11.5125. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 11.325, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 11.595.

Traders focusing on technical analysis may be interested in following the Awesome Oscillator level. Currently, the reading is -0.13659235. Typically, when the Awesome Oscillator moves above the zero line, this would indicate that the short term momentum is rising quicker than the long term momentum. A cross below the zero line would indicate that short term momentum is dropping faster than the long term momentum.

Tracking the Hull Moving Average, we note that the current level is 11.3938563. The Hull Moving Average was introduced by Alan Hull. Swing traders often use this indicator in combination with other signals in order to help identify possible entry and exit spots.

Stock market investing can be a wild ride. Following the market on a daily basis can be exiting, but it may also bring out strong emotions especially when hard earned money is on the line. Making impulsive stock picks based on day to day market fluctuations can cause second guessing and a lot of future portfolio damage. Investors who are able to create a specific plan and stick to that plan may find themselves in a much better position when the market becomes highly volatile. It can be very challenging to maintain discipline and focus with so much information being released every day. Highly publicized stocks can be a tempting choice as they tend to garner the most attention by media outlets and the investing community. Filtering through the endless sea of data can be exhausting, and investor’s who are able to see through the trees are typically better prepared to make those tough portfolio decisions.

Expanding the technical focus for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:PFLT), we see that the Keltner Channels 20 day upper band is 11.5409735, and the 20 day lower band is11.3782972. The Keltner Channels indicator is similar to Bollinger Bands and Moving Average Envelopes.

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