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Traders following the stock may be watching SMA or Simple Moving Average Levels. Many traders will be watching out for when the shorter-term averages cross above the longer-term averages as this may point to the start of an uptrend. Let’s look at the following SMA readings for Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR):

SMA 50 day: 17.3795
SMA 30 day: 17.289167
SMA 200 day: 19.0962
SMA 20 day: 17.2015
SMA 100 day: 17.9371
SMA 10 day17.272

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 17.289612 on shares of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR). The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 17.752449. The 20 day lower band is noted at 16.845615. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.13937187. The CMF value will fluctuate between 1 and -1. In general, a value closer to 1 would indicate higher buying pressure. A value closer to -1 would represent higher selling pressure.

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR), we see that the all time high is currently 76.4575, and the all time low is 8.57. Investors often pay added attention to a stock when it is nearing a historical high point or low point. For the last year, the high price is 21.83, and the low price stands at 16.01. For the last six months, the high was seen at 21.63, and the low was tracked at 16.01. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 20.63/16.01, and the one month high/low is 17.99/16.01.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 16.01. The 20 period upper band reading is 17.83. 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 Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR), we see that since the opening price of 17.5, the stock has moved 0.27. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Buy. Volume today clocks in around 734671. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at 17.78 and seen a low price of 17.5. Investors will be putting 5/1/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.

Traders have the ability to use a wide range of indicators when studying stocks. Each trader will typically find a few indicators that they heavily rely on. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator works to identify trend direction, gauge momentum, and identify trading opportunities based on crossovers. We can view some Ichimoku indicator levels below:

Ichimoku Lead 1: 17.53875
Ichimoku Lead 2: 17.61
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 16.92
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 17.185

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