Beginner traders have the tendency to make many mistakes when starting out. Although this comes with the territory, continually making the same mistakes will most likely put the trader on the sidelines very quickly. Learning from previous mistakes is what helps transform a mediocre trader into a good one. Successful traders are highly adept at creating detailed plans, managing risk, and reviewing previous trading records. Scooping up profits from the stock market is no easy task. Even with the best intentions and preparation, things may not work out as planned. Taking a look at the market from various angles may help the trader see the bigger picture. Market environments are constantly changing, and traders need to be ready for these changes and adapt accordingly in order to be successful over the long-term.

Following trading action on shares of Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (:SCHD), we see that the stock has moved -0.0901 since the opening price of 55.83. So far, the stock has reached a high of 55.93 and dipped to a low of 55.69. The consensus rating on the stock is currently Buy, and today’s volume has been measured around 304509.

Tracking some stock ratings for Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (:SCHD), 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”.

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: 55.22938671
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 54.58466792
30 day Exponential Moving Average: 54.16331159
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 53.73792238
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 53.37387286
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 52.96021204

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Taking a look at the Donchian Channels indicator, we note that the 20 day lower band is 52.596. The 20 day upper band is 55.93. This indicator was created by Richard Donchian, and traders follow these channels to help identify potential trading signals.

Traders will take note of the 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator that is now at 0.30881949. 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.

The Awesome Oscillator reading is currently 1.98347588. 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.

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 for  Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (:SCHD), we see that the Woodie pivot is currently at 54.13525. The Woodie support 1 pivot is 53.6855, and the Woodie resistance 1 pivot is 55.6745. The Camarilla one month pivot is presently 53.89033333. The one month Classic pivot is 53.89033333 and the Classic resistance 1 is 55.18466667 while the Classic support 1 pivot is measured at 53.19566667.

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.