Some investors may be looking to trade the trend and capitalize on strong current performers. Other investors may look to take a contrarian approach. This can involve looking for names that have been overlooked by the crowd. There are many different contrarian approaches that investors may choose to use. Going against the crowd may require a lot more homework and confidence. There may be hidden gems out there, but is may be wise to investigate why nobody else seems to want to get into the name. Finding that perfect strategy may take a lot of study and dedication. Taking shortcuts in the market can have severe negative effects on the long-term health of the portfolio. 

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 Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. (NYSE:AFT) below:

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 15.0515
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 14.84695
Simple Moving Average 10 day15.149
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 15.0452
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 15.009
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 14.8193

Traders may use a variety of moving average indicators when examining a particular stock. Checking on some Exponential Moving Averages on shares of Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. (NYSE:AFT), we note that the 200 day is 15.016199, the 100 day is 14.935322, and the 50 day is 15.010444. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 15.062575, the 20 day is 15.09698, and the 10 day is noted at 15.161367.

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 15.287963. 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 15.038462 and the 20 day upper band at 15.1554985. 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 Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. (NYSE:AFT) will note that since the stock opened at 15.3, shares have seen a change of -0.05. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 15.23 and tipped a high of 15.3. Volume on the day is presently 400. 

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator is currently 0.005399996. 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 Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund Inc. (NYSE:AFT, we can see that the all time high is currently 21.03, and the all time low is 13.71. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 13.92
Six month high: 15.85
One year low: 13.92
One year high: 18.69
Three month low: 14.38
Three month high: 15.33
One month low: 14.75
One month high: 15.33

Traders are often looking for any little advantage that they can get when attempting to grab profits in the stock market. Traders might be closely watching insider buying and selling as well as what the successful fund managers are doing. Following the smart money can help investors get a grasp on the bigger picture of what is going on with certain equities. There is no shortage of information that the individual trader can get their hands on. Figuring out how to best put that information to work is an important part of any trading plan. With so much data to track, traders may need to decide which information they will use when making the big investing decisions. Pinpointing the next great trade could be just around the corner, but it may take some hard work and enhanced focus.