Market Check: These Shares Up 1.60% Over the Last Month: Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA)

Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA) shares are currently showing up on the list of gainers over the past month. During that time period, shares have seen a rise of 1.60%. Heading back 6 months, shares have seen moved -2.08%. Going a bit further, shares have moved -8.09% over the last full-year. Taking a much closer look, shares have moved 3.33% over the last week.

Investors are usually trying to figure out the best strategy to use when tackling the equity market. Because there is no one perfect method for picking winning stocks, investors may have to try various techniques before they get it right. There are many different factors that can affect the financial health of a company, and this makes it hard to concoct a formula that works well across the board. Studying all the data can help with investing decisions, but it is typically more important to be focusing on the right information. Knowing exactly what data should be studied may only come by logging many hours of research.

Traders may also be paying close attention to RSI levels on shares of Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA). The current 14-day RSI is presently sitting at 69.06, the 7-day is 79.53, and the 3-day is 94.11. 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.

The Williams Percent Range or Williams %R is another technical indicator worth taking a look at. Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA) currently has a 14 day Williams %R of -1.82. The Williams %R fluctuates between 0 and -100 measuring whether a security is overbought or oversold. The Williams %R is similar to the Stochastic Oscillator except it is plotted upside-down. Levels above -20 may indicate the stock may be considered is overbought. If the indicator travels under -80, this may signal that the stock is oversold. Chart analysts may also use the indicator to project possible price reversals and to define trends.

Investors may use various technical indicators to help spot trends and buy/sell signals. Presently, Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA) has a 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) of 161.34. The CCI was developed by Donald Lambert. The assumption behind the indicator is that investment instruments move in cycles with highs and lows coming at certain periodic intervals. The original guidelines focused on creating buy/sell signals when the reading moved above +100 or below -100. Traders may also use the reading to identify overbought/oversold conditions.

Keeping an eye on Moving Averages, the 50-day is 12.31, the 200-day is at 12.71, and the 7-day is 12.52 for Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA). 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.

Another technical indicator that may be a powerful resource for determining trend strength is the Average Directional Index or ADX. The ADX was introduced by J. Welles Wilder in the late 1970’s and it has stood the test of time. The ADX is typically used in conjunction with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to help spot trend direction as well as trend strength. At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Nuveen Insured Tax-Free Advantage Fund (NEA) is noted at 21.09. Many technical analysts believe that an ADX value over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.

When doing stock research, there is plenty of easily measureable data regarding publically traded companies. There is also plenty of information that is not easily measured such as competitive advantage, quality of staff, and company reputation. Because there are forces such as the human element that come into play when selecting stocks, prices may not always move as expected. Even after crunching all the numbers and digging deep into a specific company, the stock’s performance still might not match expectations. Investors may realize that sometimes perception can be more powerful than reality. Human emotions can change very rapidly, and so can the prevailing market sentiment as well.