There are plenty of various strategies to employ when deciding which stocks to buy. These different strategies may be super simple or highly complex. Although there is no one plan that will magically create instant profits, having a plan in place will most likely benefit the investor immensely. One way to examine shares is by following fundamental data. Essentially, fundamental study involves viewing the health of a particular company by studying company financials. Many investors will closely study the balance sheet to see how profitable the company has been and try to figure out future performance. Investors may choose to compare companies that share the same sector in order to get a truer sense of how it stacks up to the competition.

The SMA or Simple Moving Average can be calculated for different time periods. The SMA helps smooth out volatility and makes it a bit less difficult to gauge the price trend of a stock. Let’s view some popular SMA levels for Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS) below:

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 18.3515
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 17.91865
Simple Moving Average 10 day18.543
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 17.7576
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 18.161667
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 19.033976

Traders may use a variety of moving average indicators when examining a particular stock. Checking on some Exponential Moving Averages on shares of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS), we note that the 200 day is 19.098234, the 100 day is 18.226292, and the 50 day is 18.04885. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 18.192085, the 20 day is 18.347841, and the 10 day is noted at 18.545177.

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 18.584814. Traders may use the HMA to help identify the prevalent market trend. This may also lend to spotting useful exit and entry points on the stock.

Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 18.07543 and the 20 day upper band at 18.620253. During a clearly defined trend, a break above or below these levels may point to the underlying strength of the trend. A break above the upper band may signal continuing bullish trend strength, and a break below the lower band may signal continuing bearish trend strength.

Investors tracking shares of Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS) will note that since the stock opened at 18.53, shares have seen a change of 0.49. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 18.47 and tipped a high of 19.02. Volume on the day is presently 1000. 

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently -0.13247383. This indicator was developed by Marc Chaikin who observed that the pressures of buying and selling could be figured out by where a period finishes relative to the range of highs and lows.

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS, we can see that the all time high is currently 39.99001, and the all time low is 3.2. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 15.42
Six month high: 22.25
One year low: 15.42
One year high: 27.95
Three month low: 15.42
Three month high: 20.85
One month low: 16.35
One month high: 19.2

Investors might be searching far and wide for the next set of winning stocks to add to the portfolio. Many value investors may be on the lookout for stocks that are underpriced at current levels. Some investors may be looking for names that have the potential to see major growth in the next few years. Picking growth companies can be a bit riskier, but they may have much bigger potential for substantial returns. Other investors may be interested in finding companies that provide stable returns and pay out a solid dividend. Investors may even choose to piece together the portfolio with stocks from different categories. Having a diverse selection of stocks is typically recommended for longer-term portfolio health.