For many individual investors, deciding the proper time to sell a stock may be just as important as figuring out which stocks to buy at the outset. Investors may be reviewing the portfolio and looking at some stocks that have taken off and made a big run to the upside. When this occurs, investors may need to make the tough decision of whether to take some profits or hold out for further gains. Because every scenario is different, investors may want to dig a little deeper into the fundamentals before making a decision. If the stock’s fundamentals have weakened, it might be time to reassess the position.

As traders scan the equity market, they may be using Simple Moving Averages to help figure out where a stock is headed. Following some SMA levels for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE), we can see that the 10 day is 9.5175, the 20 day is 9.711495, and the 30 day is 9.745497 for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE). Tracking some other time periods, we note that the 50 day SMA is 9.426496 , the 100 day is 9.101448 , and the 200 day SMA is currently 9.080924.

Dedicated traders will often pay close attention to Exponential Moving Average levels. EMA study can help guide traders when gauging market strength. We can see the following EMA levels on Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE):

30 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.574279
50 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.46472
100 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.2905035
10 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.546321
20 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.596266
200 day Exponential Moving Average: 9.472582

The HMA or Hull Moving Average for the stock is presently 9.497167. The HMA may help with technical analysis by reducing lag and heightening responsiveness. Traders often find that following this indicator helps with reduction of noise.

Investors following Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE) can see that the stock most recently closed at 9.51
Past 3 months: 12.307693
One year change: -24.682539
Year-to-date: 10.092808
Past week: -0.73221755
Past month: 11.124122

Scanning through some ratings, we note that the current Oscillator Rating on the stock is a “Sell”. The Moving Average Rating is sitting at a “Neutral”. Traders may use these signals in conjunction with other indicators in order to set up the chart for future trading success.

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 9.497167 for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE). 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 9.41. The 20 period upper band reading is 10.445. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Putting a closer focus on shares of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE), we see that since the opening price of 9.52, the stock has moved -0.01. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Sell. Volume today clocks in around 87549. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at  9.52 and seen a low price of 9.48. 

Stock analysis may be used to determine which shares the investor should buy, and at what price they should buy. Many investors will search for stocks that are currently undervalued. Fundamental research may involve scouring the balance sheet to spot a solid company. Many investors will use financial ratios to help determine which shares to purchase. Some of the more popular ratios are return on equity, earnings per share, price to earnings, and dividend yield. Applying the same type of research across the board may help the investor spot stocks that present a good opportunity for future growth.