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The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently -4.07774588 for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Technical traders will watch the AO especially when it crosses above or below the zero line. A move above the line may signal a bullish scenario. A move below the zero line may indicate a bearish selling opportunity. The AO may prove to be a valuable tool for many momentum traders.

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.20221678 on shares of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). The value of this indicator will fluctuate between 1 and -1. Traders may be watching when the CMF crosses zero. This cross might point to a bullish or bearish price reversal depending on which way it is moving crossing the zero line.

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 341.24. The 20 day upper band is 375. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Technical traders have many tools at their disposal when conducting stock research. One of those tools is the Exponential Moving Average or EMA. The EMA is similar to the simple moving average, but more weight is put on the newest data. Let’s look at some different EMA levels:

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 362.2434799
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 363.1194284
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 363.3707983
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 361.4007644
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 351.5938219
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 333.8662212

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Following trading action on shares of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), we see that the stock has moved -1.39 since the opening price of 366.7. So far, the stock has reached a high of 367.5 and dipped to a low of 363.21. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 260012.

There are a number of different pivot points that traders can use when conducting stock analysis. Pivot points can be useful for traders looking to establish trading entry and exit points. Focusing on some popular one month pivots, we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 368.1609. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 361.3218, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 373.8182. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 368.3778667. The one month Classic pivot is 368.3778667 and the Classic resistance 1 is 374.2521333 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 361.7557333.

Tracking some stock ratings, we can see that the stock’s Moving Average Rating is currently pointing to a “Strong Buy”. Traders may be monitoring many different indicators in order to get a grasp of where the stock may be moving in the near future. Taking a look at the Oscillators rating, we note that the reading is pointing to a “Buy”.

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