Typically bull markets are times when investors may be willing to be a bit more speculative with stock selection. Managing risk is generally at the forefront of many strategies. Investors trying to shift the odds in their favor may be searching for the perfect balance and diversification to help mitigate the risk and enjoy healthier profits. With so many different stocks to choose from, it may take a while to zoom in or a particular set. Investors will also be watching the next wave of economic data to get a better sense of how the overall economy is fairing. With so much noise in the markets, it may be necessary to narrow the gaze in order to set the table for success. Investors may be on the lookout for the major catalyst that either keeps the bulls charging into the second half the year, or wakes up the sleeping bears.

The 20 day Chaikin Money Flow indicator for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) is currently -0.40585884. 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.

Traders may use a variety of moving average indicators when examining a particular stock. Checking on some Exponential Moving Averages for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR), we note that the 200 day is 1.0290229, the 100 day is 0.8646074, and the 50 day is 0.77883023. Zooming in closer, we note that the 30 day EMA is 0.72010714, the 20 day is 0.6891038, and the 10 day is noted at 0.6667035.

Conducting technical analysis of the stock may include following the Keltner Channel indicator. A recent check shows the 20 day lower band at 0.6579207 and the 20 day upper band at 0.7202869. 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 Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) will note that since the stock opened at 0.6434, shares have seen a change of 0.0107. During that period, the stock has touched a low of 0.6434 and tipped a high of 0.6776. Volume on the day is presently 9190. 

Investors will typically be keeping track of historical highs and lows for a particular stock that they are researching. Watching levels for Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR, we can see that the all time high is currently 26.44, and the all time low is 0.1. Let’s look at some alternate high/low price data:

Six month low: 0.2785
Six month high: 1.82
One year low: 0.2785
One year high: 3.695
Three month low: 0.56
Three month high: 1.55
One month low: 0.6
One month high: 0.895127

Traders might be keeping tabs on the Hull Moving Average. The current HMA reading is 0.6568085. 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.

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 below:

Simple Moving Average 20 day: 0.678485
Simple Moving Average 100 day: 0.9256
Simple Moving Average 10 day0.66368
Simple Moving Average 50 day: 0.766602
Simple Moving Average 30 day: 0.71196
Simple Moving Average 200 day: 0.9462835

With equity investing, there will constantly be worries and fears. The volatility in the market that accompanies these fears may trick investors into thinking the next bear market is on the doorstep. During a market-wide sell off, many stocks may experience the pain. Over time, many may gain back the ground they lost and return to previous levels. The biggest names may be the ones to recoup the losses the quickest. However, many investors might get stuck waiting for a rebound that just isn’t going to happen. Having the flexibility to adapt to market conditions may help repair a damaged portfolio. Sometimes a readjustment may be needed in order to regain some confidence. As the next round of earnings reports start to come in, investors will be keeping a close watch to see which companies produce the largest surprises, both positive and negative.