Investors may be trying to find stocks that are building momentum. Finding these stocks may help bolster the portfolio going into the second half of the year. Investors often look to pounce on any opportunity in the stock market. Without properly being prepared, these opportunities may disappear quickly. Staying on top of fundamentals, technicals, and earnings, may help investors stay prepared. 

Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 4.339647 for SunOpta Inc.(NASDAQ:STKL). The 20 day lower band is noted at 4.1834545. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Putting a closer focus on shares of SunOpta Inc.(NASDAQ:STKL), we see that since the opening price of 4.23, the stock has moved -0.02. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Sell. Volume today clocks in around 6900. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at  4.24 and seen a low price of 4.2. Investors will be putting 2/26/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.006468697. The CMF value will fluctuate between 1 and -1. In general, a value closer to 1 would indicate higher buying pressure. A value closer to -1 would represent higher selling pressure.

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 4.2249813. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 4.14. The 20 period upper band reading is 4.45. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Traders following the stock may be watching SMA or Simple Moving Average Levels. Many traders will be watching out for when the shorter-term averages cross above the longer-term averages as this may point to the start of an uptrend. Let’s look at the following SMA readings:

SMA 50 day: 4.2216
SMA 30 day: 4.2461667
SMA 200 day: 5.209475
SMA 20 day: 4.26875
SMA 100 day: 4.17515
SMA 10 day4.291

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL), we see that the all time high is currently 15.5, and the all time low is 0.0625. Investors often pay added attention to a stock when it is nearing a historical high point or low point. For the last year, the high price is 9.1, and the low price stands at 3.61. For the last six months, the high was seen at 8.3, and the low was tracked at 3.61. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 5.05/3.61, and the one month high/low is 4.45/3.88.

Traders have the ability to use a wide range of indicators when studying stocks. Each trader will typically find a few indicators that they heavily rely on. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator works to identify trend direction, gauge momentum, and identify trading opportunities based on crossovers. We can view some Ichimoku indicator levels below:

Ichimoku Lead 1: 4.1475
Ichimoku Lead 2: 4.085
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 4.28
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 4.305

Many investors may strive to be in the stock market when the bulls are running and out of the market when the bears are in charge. Investors often use multiple strategies when setting up their portfolios. Some may rely solely on fundamental analysis, technical analysis, or a combination of both. Investing can be an extremely tough process. Individual investors often strive to gather and analyze vast amounts of information in order to make educated decisions. Often times, investors may have initial success in the stock market, and then things may turn sour. Confidence may be necessary to make the tougher decisions, but overconfidence may lead to an underperforming portfolio. Overconfidence may cause the investor to make poor decisions because they are relying too heavily on personal interpretations.