Investors may be searching high and low for the secret to attaining success in the markets. Knowing when to sell can be just as important as deciding which stocks to buy. Holding on to a loser for too long may leave a sour taste in the mouth. Investors may have unrealistic expectations about a particular name. Knowing when to cut and run can be a gigantic savior for overall portfolio health. Of course if investors end up selling winners too early, they will most likely be leaving too much profit on the table. Finding a good balance and knowing overall market conditions can help with the decision if the time has come. Closely tracking fundamentals and technicals can help give some insight into stock price behavior. Making sure company earnings are in line may also be a wise choice when investing in a recently researched stock.

Traders have the ability to use many different indicators when studying stocks. The Ichimoku Cloud is a highly popular indicator that helps display support and resistance. Looking at some Ichimoku levels for Vanguard Growth ETF (:VUG), we note that the Ichimoku Cloud Base Line level is 149. The Ichimoku Could Conversion Line reading is 151.105. From another angle, the Ichimoku Lead 1 is presently 144.3575, and the Lead 2 level is 138.05.

Investors are often searching through all the numbers to help decide which stocks to purchase. Taking a closer look at shares of Vanguard Growth ETF (:VUG), we see that the stock’s latest close price was 152. Tracking historical price information can help investors see the bigger picture when looking at a stock. Since the beginning of the year, shares have seen a change of 13.139284. Over the last full year, shares have moved 4.633391. Bringing the focus in, the stock has changed 7.0206323 over the past three months, 7.3305087 over the last month, and 1.286238 over the last week. Traders will be closely watching to see what happens to the stock price over the next couple of sessions.

Technical analysts will note that the Awesome Oscillator reading is presently 2.4629118. This oscillator may fluctuate above and below a zero line and can be used to create a wide variety of trading signals.

Looking at the stock’s volatility, we note that the current reading is 0.84061426. High volatility may show how the stock’s value can possibly be spread out over a larger range of values. Lower volatility points to the fact that a stock tends to be steadier. Weekly stock volatility clocks in at 0.6293982 while volatility for the month comes in at 0.8727275. The current Bull Bear Power reading for the stock is 1.7439233.

The Donchian Channels indicator can be used to figure out if a market is overbought or oversold. A price breakthrough of either the upper or lower band may signal these conditions. The current reading for the 20 day lower band is 146. The current reading for the 20 day upper band is 152.

Scanning the levels on shares of Vanguard Growth ETF (:VUG), investors might be seeing how close the current price is in relation to some historical high and low prices. Looking out over the previous 3 months, we note that the high/low is 152/124.85. Over the past 1 month, the high/low is 152/141.17. Looking back over the last full-year, the high price is 162.3591, and the low price sits at 124.85. For the last six months, the high was seen at 162.3591, and the low was noted at
124.85.

Traders often use pivot point analysis to calculate proper support and resistance levels. Pivot points can be used as markers for traders to identify entry and exit positions. We can now take a look at some one month pivot points:

Fibonacci: 149.87666
Fibonacci support 1: 148.46709
Fibonacci support 2: 147.59625
Woodie: 150.0275
Woodie support 1: 148.935
Woodie resistance 1: 152.625
Camarilla: 149.87666
Classic: 149.87666
Classic resistance 1: 152.32333
Classic support 1: 148.63333

As we move into the second half of the year, investors will be keeping a close watch on their portfolios. There are plenty of financial gurus who are predicting the end of the bull market run, and there are plenty on the other side who believe that stocks are bound for greater heights. Whichever way the markets go, investors will need to watch which companies are hitting their marks on the earnings front. Investors may closely follow sell-side analyst estimates. It is important to remember that analyst projections are just that, projections. Following analyst expectations can provide a good glimpse into company actions, but strictly following what the analysts are saying may lead to difficulty in the future. Doing careful and extensive individual stock research may provide the investor with a more robust scope with which to successfully trade the market.