Managing the stock portfolio can be a very challenging task. To manage the portfolio successfully, it can take a lot of dedicated time, effort, and perseverance. Studying the market and being in tune with the economic landscape can help investors gain the knowledge that is needed to come out on top. Controlling emotions and consistently following a plan may be the keys to keep the investor on track. As many seasoned investors know, the stock market can be a wild ride full of many ups and downs. Being able to stay calm and focused during the rocky periods can assist the investor when making those highly important portfolio decisions.  

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at -0.02732425 for ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW). 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.

Tracking some stock ratings, we can see that the stock’s Moving Average Rating is currently pointing to a “Strong Sell”. 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 “Neutral”.

Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 246.5. The 20 day upper band is 273.16. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Following trading action on shares of ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW), we see that the stock has moved -2.595 since the opening price of 255.375. So far, the stock has reached a high of 256.3799 and dipped to a low of 252.15. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Sell, and today’s volume has been measured around 270321.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently -5.73510559. 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.

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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 265.440375. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 257.72075, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 270.27925. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 265.7238333. The one month Classic pivot is 265.7238333 and the Classic resistance 1 is 270.8461667 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 258.2876667.

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 on shares of ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW):

10 day Exponential Moving Average: 256.5476689
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 258.6309624
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 259.9777451
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 262.6002641
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 266.7595154
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 263.6351314

New investors may be looking at the soaring stock market and wondering if now is a good time to try and get in on the action. Leaping into the market without proper research or a solid plan may leave the investor on the short end of the stick. Creating a stock investing plan can be as simple or complex as the individual chooses. Sometimes, keeping things simple may be the best way to go. Other times, there may be more than meets the eye, and a deep-dive into the crucial data may be required. New investors may be extremely excited to start buying stocks. They may have heard some great water cooler talk about the next big stock. There is always a possibility that the hot stock chatter may end up coming to fruition, but it could just as likely turn out to be terribly erroneous. Many individuals in the financial world will be quick to provide these can’t lose picks, but until this information is thoroughly researched, investors may want to proceed with caution.