Are Investors Losing Their Shirt over Alexion Pharm Inc (ALXN)? Mass Index in Focus

Alexion Pharm Inc (ALXN) shares might have a significant move ahead as the Mass Index volatility reading has dropped below 26.5.  Mass Index rises above the trigger line (set at 26.5) and the setup line (set at 27). Mass Index then falls below the setup line. When the Mass Index falls below the trigger line, then a reversal of the prior trend is expected. The Mass Index is presented as a useful technical tool that traders might use to time entry into bottoming markets.  The Mass Index indicator helps traders identify price reversals based on the difference between the high and low in each interval. When ranges expand to uncommon levels, probabilities start to increase which suggest that the current price action is over-extended. When the Mass Index is used in combination with a 9-period EMA, a “buy” signal can be seen when the EMA shows a downside cross. Alternatively, “sell” signals can be seen when the EMA crosses to the upside.

There are various ways that the individual investor can approach stock picking. Starting from the top-down, investors may study overall market trends. This may include examining different sectors looking for the ones that are poised to prosper in the future. Once potential industries or sectors are identified, the investor can then start to sift through individual stocks within those groups. Investors starting from the bottom up may do just the opposite. They may choose to study individual companies that have been displaying strong performance, regardless of which sector they belong to. 

Keeping an eye on moving averages for Alexion Pharm Inc (ALXN), the 50-day is 123.05, the 200-day is at 121.88, and the 7-day is 132.84. Moving averages have the ability to be used as a powerful indicator for technical stock analysis. Following multiple time frames using moving averages can help investors figure out where the stock has been and help determine where it may be possibly going. The simple moving average is a mathematical calculation that takes the average price (mean) for a given amount of time.

Traders may also be paying close attention to RSI levels on shares of Alexion Pharm Inc (ALXN). The current 14-day RSI is presently sitting at 62.89, the 7-day is 64.14, and the 3-day is 74.57. The RSI, or Relative Strength Index is a popular oscillating indicator among traders and investors. The RSI operates in a range-bound area with values between 0 and 100. When the RSI line moves up, the stock may be experiencing strength. The opposite is the case when the RSI line is heading lower. Different time periods may be used when using the RSI indicator. The RSI may be more volatile using a shorter period of time. Many traders keep an eye on the 30 and 70 marks on the RSI scale. A move above 70 is widely considered to show the stock as overbought, and a move below 30 would indicate that the stock may be oversold. Traders may use these levels to help identify stock price reversals.

When completing stock analysis, investors and traders may opt to review other technical levels. Alexion Pharm Inc (ALXN) currently has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 66.83. Investors and traders may use this indicator to help spot price reversals, price extremes, and the strength of a trend. Many investors will use the CCI in conjunction with other indicators when evaluating a trade. The CCI may be used to spot if a stock is entering overbought (+100) and oversold (-100) territory. The Average Directional Index or ADX is often considered to be an important tool for technical trading or investing. The ADX is a technical indicator developed by J. Welles Wilder used to determine the strength of a trend. The ADX is often used along with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of the trend. Presently, the 14-day ADX is resting at 30.96.

Generally speaking, an ADX value from 0-25 would indicate an absent or weak trend. A value of 25-50 would indicate a strong trend. A value of 50-75 would signal a very strong trend, and a value of 75-100 would indicate an extremely strong trend.

Amateur investors can sometimes become overwhelmed by the speed and volatility of the stock market. Often times, avoiding big mistakes early on can be the difference between staying in the game or being prematurely forced to the sidelines. One of the biggest mistakes that a new investor can make is not creating a realistic plan. A well-crafted plan will generally include risk tolerance, time horizon, and amount and frequency of investments. Having a clear plan for attaining goals can help the investor stay focused when the terrain gets rocky. Another common mistake for investors is buying high and selling low. Of course, everybody preaches the buy low sell high mantra, but it is much easier said than done. Getting caught up in the day to day market swings can lead the investor to do just the opposite and become a hot stock chaser instead of a disciplined decision maker.

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