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S&P 500   4,455.48
DOW   34,798.00
QQQ   373.33
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QQQ   373.33

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CompanyCurrent PriceNew 52-Week High52-Week LowPrevious CloseIntraday RangeIndicator(s)
Analog Devices logo
ADI
Analog Devices
$178.53
+0.7%
$178.84$110.66$177.23$175.84 - $178.84
Adial Pharmaceuticals logo
ADIL
Adial Pharmaceuticals
$4.63
-0.9%
$5.08$1.20$4.67$4.41 - $5.08News Coverage
Aehr Test Systems logo
AEHR
Aehr Test Systems
$15.82
+34.3%
$16.75$1.15$11.78$13.54 - $16.75Earnings Report
Options Volume
News Coverage
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
AGBA
AGBA Acquisition
$10.89
$10.89$10.10$10.89$10.89 - $10.89
Alkermes logo
ALKS
Alkermes
$32.08
+0.0%
$32.52$15.35$32.08$31.80 - $32.52
Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition logo
AMHC
Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition
$15.12
+0.0%
$15.80$9.80$15.12$12.64 - $15.80News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Apyx Medical logo
APYX
Apyx Medical
$12.49
+0.0%
$12.60$4.41$12.49$11.31 - $12.60Gap Down
ATSPT
Archimedes Tech SPAC Partners
$9.75
$9.75$9.75$9.75$9.75 - $9.75
AstraZeneca logo
AZN
AstraZeneca
$60.35
+1.5%
$61.30$46.48$59.48$60.24 - $61.30Analyst Revision
Gap Up
Balchem logo
BCPC
Balchem
$145.28
0.0%
$147.11$94.97$145.28$143.94 - $147.11Analyst Upgrade
News Coverage
BCTX
BriaCell Therapeutics
$9.19
+0.0%
$9.45$2.81$9.19$8.12 - $9.45News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Brooks Automation logo
BRKS
Brooks Automation
$108.74
+0.0%
$109.64$43.38$108.74$106.50 - $109.64Insider Selling
Short Interest ↓
Avis Budget Group logo
CAR
Avis Budget Group
$111.61
+0.0%
$112.50$25.54$111.61$107.47 - $112.50News Coverage
Gap Down
Celsius logo
CELH
Celsius
$98.65
+1.7%
$101.50$19.19$96.98$96.51 - $101.50
CFLT
Confluent
$71.16
-2.0%
$74.25$37.71$72.61$66.81 - $74.25News Coverage
Cinedigm logo
CIDM
Cinedigm
$2.63
+4.8%
$2.65$0.45$2.51$2.43 - $2.65
Chavant Capital Acquisition logo
CLAY
Chavant Capital Acquisition
$9.81
$9.81$9.59$9.81$9.81 - $9.81
ConnectOne Bancorp logo
CNOB
ConnectOne Bancorp
$29.42
0.0%
$29.95$13.72$29.42$29.37 - $29.95Short Interest ↑
News Coverage
Cardiol Therapeutics logo
CRDL
Cardiol Therapeutics
$4.53
+7.1%
$4.60$1.82$4.23$4.13 - $4.60Gap Up
High Trading Volume
CorVel logo
CRVL
CorVel
$186.70
+0.0%
$188.32$78.63$186.70$185.35 - $188.32
Casella Waste Systems logo
CWST
Casella Waste Systems
$79.66
+0.0%
$80.98$53.43$79.66$78.33 - $80.98News Coverage
DatChat logo
DATS
DatChat
$10.99
+6.8%
$12.19$3.31$10.29$9.68 - $12.19Quiet Period Expiration
News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
DLH logo
DLHC
DLH
$13.17
$13.60$7.20$13.17$12.98 - $13.60Analyst Report
Short Interest ↓
News Coverage
Dorchester Minerals logo
DMLP
Dorchester Minerals
$18.00
+1.1%
$18.23$9.90$17.80$17.90 - $18.23News Coverage
High Trading Volume
EPSN
Epsilon Energy
$5.42
+0.0%
$5.45$3.01$5.42$5.10 - $5.45Positive News
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
EZCORP logo
EZPW
EZCORP
$7.66
+0.0%
$7.71$4.34$7.66$7.53 - $7.71
1st Constitution Bancorp logo
FCCY
1st Constitution Bancorp
$23.18
+0.0%
$23.22$11.06$23.18$22.86 - $23.22Analyst Upgrade
News Coverage
Fennec Pharmaceuticals logo
FENC
Fennec Pharmaceuticals
$9.39
-0.1%
$9.55$5.57$9.40$8.96 - $9.55
First Foundation logo
FFWM
First Foundation
$25.76
+0.0%
$25.87$12.43$25.76$25.04 - $25.87News Coverage
Gap Down
FWAA
Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp. I
$12.97
0.0%
$13.35$9.77$12.97$12.86 - $13.35
Grid Dynamics logo
GDYN
Grid Dynamics
$31.67
+0.0%
$32.54$6.60$31.67$30.76 - $32.54Gap Down
High Trading Volume
GLSPT
Global SPAC Partners
$9.97
$9.97$9.73$9.97$9.97 - $9.97
Chart Industries logo
GTLS
Chart Industries
$199.46
0.0%
$206.29$64.78$199.46$198.99 - $206.29Analyst Report
News Coverage
GWG logo
GWGH
GWG
$9.74
+2.2%
$9.80$5.80$9.53$9.51 - $9.80Upcoming Earnings
Hingham Institution for Savings logo
HIFS
Hingham Institution for Savings
$345.28
+0.0%
$345.28$180.75$345.28$337.56 - $345.28Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Helios Technologies logo
HLIO
Helios Technologies
$88.29
+0.0%
$89.15$35.80$88.29$87.98 - $89.15News Coverage
iShares India 50 ETF logo
INDY
iShares India 50 ETF
$52.68
0.0%
$52.81$33.64$52.68$52.61 - $52.81News Coverage
InMode logo
INMD
InMode
$176.48
+3.2%
$178.98$34.90$171.05$162.81 - $178.98Stock Split
High Trading Volume
Innodata logo
INOD
Innodata
$9.60
+8.1%
$9.65$2.14$8.88$8.61 - $9.65
Identiv logo
INVE
Identiv
$19.81
+1.4%
$21.18$5.59$19.54$19.46 - $21.18Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Kornit Digital logo
KRNT
Kornit Digital
$160.91
+0.0%
$162.25$57.82$160.91$155.66 - $162.25News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Liberty Global logo
LBTYA
Liberty Global
$29.71
+0.3%
$29.93$18.73$29.62$29.47 - $29.93Analyst Upgrade
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Liberty Global logo
LBTYK
Liberty Global
$29.72
+0.5%
$29.89$18.36$29.57$29.41 - $29.89News Coverage
Level One Bancorp logo
LEVL
Level One Bancorp
$29.01
+2.7%
$29.34$14.72$28.26$28.32 - $29.34
LIVK
LIV Capital Acquisition
$12.04
0.0%
$12.34$9.50$12.04$11.65 - $12.34High Trading Volume
LMAO
LMF Acquisition Opportunities
$10.01
+0.2%
$10.01$9.67$9.99$9.99 - $10.01Short Interest ↓
Leap Therapeutics logo
LPTX
Leap Therapeutics
$3.57
+5.3%
$3.88$1.33$3.39$3.26 - $3.88Analyst Revision
High Trading Volume
Masimo logo
MASI
Masimo
$283.55
-0.4%
$288.27$205.10$284.77$281.72 - $288.27
Nebula Caravel Acquisition logo
NEBC
Nebula Caravel Acquisition
$14.62
0.0%
$15.01$9.37$14.62$13.71 - $15.01Gap Down
Northfield Bancorp, Inc. (Staten Island, NY) logo
NFBK
Northfield Bancorp, Inc. (Staten Island, NY)
$17.06
+0.0%
$17.26$8.72$17.06$16.99 - $17.26News Coverage
Nova Measuring Instruments logo
NVMI
Nova Measuring Instruments
$109.62
+0.0%
$110.29$49.13$109.62$108.00 - $110.29
Opiant Pharmaceuticals logo
OPNT
Opiant Pharmaceuticals
$25.20
-0.8%
$26.00$6.79$25.40$24.67 - $26.00
OptimizeRx logo
OPRX
OptimizeRx
$78.12
0.0%
$81.00$17.01$78.12$77.39 - $81.00Insider Selling
Oramed Pharmaceuticals logo
ORMP
Oramed Pharmaceuticals
$22.69
+0.0%
$23.91$2.40$22.69$21.85 - $23.91News Coverage
Gap Down
Paylocity logo
PCTY
Paylocity
$297.60
+0.2%
$298.63$145.18$296.89$294.13 - $298.63Insider Selling
Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF logo
PDBC
Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF
$20.81
+0.0%
$20.83$13.03$20.81$20.62 - $20.83Short Interest ↓
PDF Solutions logo
PDFS
PDF Solutions
$23.70
+0.0%
$24.20$16.44$23.70$23.19 - $24.20News Coverage
Gap Down
PDS Biotechnology logo
PDSB
PDS Biotechnology
$16.56
0.0%
$17.85$1.87$16.56$16.37 - $17.85
Pieris Pharmaceuticals logo
PIRS
Pieris Pharmaceuticals
$5.62
+3.3%
$6.15$1.70$5.44$5.45 - $6.15News Coverage
Psychemedics logo
PMD
Psychemedics
$8.40
+3.3%
$8.60$3.58$8.13$8.05 - $8.60News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Progress Software logo
PRGS
Progress Software
$53.10
+14.9%
$53.86$34.50$46.21$49.25 - $53.86Earnings Report
Dividend Announcement
Analyst Report
Options Volume
News Coverage
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
RNW
ReNew Energy Global
$10.88
+4.7%
$10.99$8.43$10.39$10.25 - $10.99Options Volume
News Coverage
Positive News
ServisFirst Bancshares logo
SFBS
ServisFirst Bancshares
$77.05
+0.0%
$77.35$32.50$77.05$76.40 - $77.35Dividend Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
News Coverage
Scientific Games logo
SGMS
Scientific Games
$81.28
+0.0%
$82.58$30.11$81.28$79.44 - $82.58Analyst Report
News Coverage
Gap Down
SVB Financial Group logo
SIVB
SVB Financial Group
$649.96
+0.0%
$653.54$221.55$649.96$636.83 - $653.54Gap Down
SmartFinancial logo
SMBK
SmartFinancial
$25.63
+1.9%
$25.91$12.89$25.15$25.15 - $25.91
SPS Commerce logo
SPSC
SPS Commerce
$167.80
+0.0%
$169.15$73.56$167.80$163.20 - $169.15Analyst Report
News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
SRNG
Soaring Eagle Acquisition
$12.60
+0.0%
$12.79$8.90$12.60$11.91 - $12.79Gap Down
TASK
TaskUs
$72.54
0.0%
$85.49$26.66$72.54$70.95 - $85.49Analyst Downgrade
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
Tetra Tech logo
TTEK
Tetra Tech
$152.45
+0.0%
$152.94$88.58$152.45$148.35 - $152.94Gap Down
Texas Instruments logo
TXN
Texas Instruments
$200.65
+0.0%
$200.92$134.75$200.65$197.12 - $200.92
Utah Medical Products logo
UTMD
Utah Medical Products
$95.35
+0.0%
$95.91$78.76$95.35$94.14 - $95.91
Veritex logo
VBTX
Veritex
$38.63
+2.2%
$38.78$15.70$37.81$37.78 - $38.78Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Viper Energy Partners logo
VNOM
Viper Energy Partners
$20.95
+0.2%
$21.17$6.52$20.91$20.76 - $21.17News Coverage
ViewRay logo
VRAY
ViewRay
$7.41
+3.8%
$7.44$2.75$7.14$7.10 - $7.44
Encore Wire logo
WIRE
Encore Wire
$97.29
+3.3%
$97.89$45.41$94.20$93.02 - $97.89News Coverage
Acceleron Pharma logo
XLRN
Acceleron Pharma
$167.65
+4.9%
$174.24$99.98$159.84$158.52 - $174.24Insider Selling
News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Zions Bancorporation, National Association logo
ZION
Zions Bancorporation, National Association
$60.25
+0.0%
$60.66$27.55$60.25$59.18 - $60.66News Coverage
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. logo
AJG
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
$154.04
+0.0%
$154.36$101.36$154.04$152.01 - $154.36
Amphenol logo
APH
Amphenol
$77.49
+0.0%
$77.68$51.58$77.49$76.61 - $77.68Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
Evoqua Water Technologies logo
AQUA
Evoqua Water Technologies
$39.41
0.0%
$40.21$19.17$39.41$39.41 - $40.21
Antero Resources logo
AR
Antero Resources
$17.61
0.0%
$18.19$2.56$17.61$17.51 - $18.19
AdvanSix logo
ASIX
AdvanSix
$39.00
+0.0%
$39.51$11.86$39.00$38.02 - $39.51News Coverage
Gap Down
Atkore logo
ATKR
Atkore
$97.10
+2.0%
$98.25$20.42$95.16$93.57 - $98.25News Coverage
Belden logo
BDC
Belden
$58.91
+1.3%
$59.20$29.58$58.13$57.65 - $59.20
Biglari logo
BH.A
Biglari
$847.00
$847.00$250.50$847.00$847.00 - $847.00
Bio-Rad Laboratories logo
BIO.B
Bio-Rad Laboratories
$788.75
$788.75$321.42$788.75$788.75 - $788.75
Bluegreen Vacations logo
BVH
Bluegreen Vacations
$26.56
+0.0%
$27.00$7.70$26.56$26.06 - $27.00News Coverage
Choice Hotels International logo
CHH
Choice Hotels International
$127.39
+0.7%
$128.21$82.59$126.45$126.56 - $128.21Insider Selling
News Coverage
Cabot Oil & Gas logo
COG
Cabot Oil & Gas
$20.34
+0.0%
$20.47$14.28$20.34$19.72 - $20.47Analyst Downgrade
Gap Down
ConocoPhillips logo
COP
ConocoPhillips
$65.02
+2.1%
$65.70$27.53$63.71$63.54 - $65.70Dividend Increase
Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Charles River Laboratories International logo
CRL
Charles River Laboratories International
$458.30
+0.7%
$460.21$209.59$455.04$453.04 - $460.21News Coverage
salesforce.com logo
CRM
salesforce.com
$285.63
+0.0%
$286.36$201.51$285.63$278.21 - $286.36Analyst Report
Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
D8 logo
DEH
D8
$14.80
+0.0%
$14.95$9.50$14.80$13.90 - $14.95Insider Buying
DHI Group logo
DHX
DHI Group
$4.58
+0.0%
$4.73$1.66$4.58$4.47 - $4.73News Coverage
Dynatrace logo
DT
Dynatrace
$73.97
+0.0%
$74.34$33.83$73.97$72.38 - $74.34
Devon Energy logo
DVN
Devon Energy
$33.09
+0.0%
$33.34$7.73$33.09$32.26 - $33.34Short Interest ↑
Gap Down
Equitrans Midstream logo
ETRN
Equitrans Midstream
$10.00
+2.6%
$10.03$6.23$9.75$9.70 - $10.03
EVERTEC logo
EVTC
EVERTEC
$46.88
+0.0%
$47.07$32.79$46.88$46.56 - $47.07
FLEX LNG logo
FLNG
FLEX LNG
$17.52
+0.0%
$17.66$5.24$17.52$16.94 - $17.66News Coverage
Gap Down
GFL Environmental logo
GFL
GFL Environmental
$37.81
+0.0%
$38.16$19.04$37.81$37.11 - $38.16News Coverage
Hess Midstream logo
HESM
Hess Midstream
$27.68
+0.0%
$27.95$14.56$27.68$27.06 - $27.95Gap Down
Hilton Grand Vacations logo
HGV
Hilton Grand Vacations
$49.31
+1.8%
$49.79$20.20$48.43$48.24 - $49.79News Coverage
Positive News
Huaneng Power International logo
HNP
Huaneng Power International
$23.17
+0.0%
$23.36$12.79$23.17$22.91 - $23.36News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Herc logo
HRI
Herc
$159.98
+0.0%
$160.47$35.44$159.98$154.35 - $160.47Dividend Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
Analyst Revision
Gap Down
Haverty Furniture Companies logo
HVT.A
Haverty Furniture Companies
$35.90
$35.90$10.67$35.90$35.90 - $35.90News Coverage
The Interpublic Group of Companies logo
IPG
The Interpublic Group of Companies
$38.88
+0.0%
$39.03$16.07$38.88$38.28 - $39.03Analyst Downgrade
News Coverage
John Wiley & Sons logo
JW.B
John Wiley & Sons
$55.24
+0.0%
$55.24$30.44$55.24$55.24 - $55.24Short Interest ↓
Kenon logo
KEN
Kenon
$43.37
+0.0%
$43.96$19.80$43.37$43.27 - $43.96
Kimbell Royalty Partners logo
KRP
Kimbell Royalty Partners
$13.94
+0.0%
$14.32$5.57$13.94$13.13 - $14.32Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Stride logo
LRN
Stride
$36.02
+2.8%
$36.48$20.39$35.03$34.62 - $36.48
LSB Industries logo
LXU
LSB Industries
$10.51
0.0%
$11.88$1.53$10.51$10.34 - $11.88Stock Split
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
Metropolitan Bank logo
MCB
Metropolitan Bank
$81.61
0.0%
$83.80$25.74$81.61$81.38 - $83.80Insider Buying
News Coverage
High Trading Volume
McDonald's logo
MCD
McDonald's
$246.42
+0.0%
$247.38$202.73$246.42$245.24 - $247.38Dividend Increase
Meredith logo
MDP
Meredith
$56.30
+0.0%
$58.83$10.75$56.30$54.55 - $58.83News Coverage
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
Montrose Environmental Group logo
MEG
Montrose Environmental Group
$67.00
+5.4%
$67.98$21.98$63.56$62.76 - $67.98Insider Selling
News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Molina Healthcare logo
MOH
Molina Healthcare
$287.64
+0.0%
$288.53$152.49$287.64$280.68 - $288.53Analyst Revision
Vail Resorts logo
MTN
Vail Resorts
$351.85
+7.4%
$352.38$208.72$327.71$323.00 - $352.38Earnings Report
Dividend Cut
Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group logo
MUFG
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
$6.10
+0.0%
$6.10$3.86$6.10$6.06 - $6.10
NRT
North European Oil Royalty Trust
$8.31
+2.6%
$8.31$2.78$8.10$7.97 - $8.31Positive News
Penske Automotive Group logo
PAG
Penske Automotive Group
$107.02
+2.6%
$107.53$45.58$104.31$103.80 - $107.53
Paycom Software logo
PAYC
Paycom Software
$515.48
+0.0%
$515.52$270.21$515.48$507.91 - $515.52
Piper Jaffray Companies logo
PJC
Piper Jaffray Companies
$81.10
$85.25$66.24$81.10$80.65 - $85.25Gap Up
Renren logo
RENN
Renren
$13.37
+0.0%
$13.50$3.21$13.37$12.68 - $13.50Gap Down
Ryman Hospitality Properties logo
RHP
Ryman Hospitality Properties
$86.65
+0.0%
$87.37$34.65$86.65$83.86 - $87.37News Coverage
Gap Down
Rice Acquisition logo
RICE
Rice Acquisition
$19.93
$20.20$9.62$19.93$19.52 - $20.20
Range Resources logo
RRC
Range Resources
$20.38
+2.8%
$20.65$5.93$19.82$19.50 - $20.65
Redwood Trust logo
RWT
Redwood Trust
$12.88
+0.0%
$13.11$7.26$12.88$12.83 - $13.11Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Positive News
Sabine Royalty Trust logo
SBR
Sabine Royalty Trust
$42.58
+2.9%
$42.59$26.50$41.38$41.30 - $42.59News Coverage
Positive News
SeaWorld Entertainment logo
SEAS
SeaWorld Entertainment
$59.20
+0.0%
$59.61$18.63$59.20$57.20 - $59.61Short Interest ↑
News Coverage
Gap Down
SiteOne Landscape Supply logo
SITE
SiteOne Landscape Supply
$207.98
+0.2%
$212.12$114.96$207.64$205.39 - $212.12
Snap logo
SNAP
Snap
$83.11
+4.7%
$83.34$24.13$79.37$78.11 - $83.34News Coverage
Sogou logo
SOGO
Sogou
$8.95
+0.0%
$8.95$7.49$8.95$8.93 - $8.95News Coverage
High Trading Volume
Stevanato Group logo
STVN
Stevanato Group
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A 52 week high is the highest price that a stock has traded at in the last year. Many investors use 52 week highs as a factor in determining a stock's current value and as a predictor of future price movements.

What You Need to Know about 52 Week High Stocks

Investors who are looking to actively trade stocks and other securities engage in technical analysis to find patterns and identify trends that can help predict the direction of a stock’s price. Many of these strategies, such as average daily trading volume (ADTV) and moving average look for changes in a stock’s momentum to help determine stock movement.

A frequently used indicator of a stock’s trend is to look at movement around its 52 week highs and lows. Looking at 52 week highs and 52 week low stocks can be very important in determining whether you should invest in a stock.

The 52 week high for a stock represents the highest closing price and the stock has traded at over a 52 week period. This is a moving number, so for example, the 52 week high and low prices you see on October 2, 2019, are measuring the 52 weeks prior to that day. It is not limited to a calendar year.

Although markets do not always behave in an orderly fashion, price movement around a 52 week high is generally seen as a sign that stocks are ready to move in a direction that follows that movement. When there is price movement towards a 52 week high, you'll often hear that the market is "testing its high.” Traders are looking for momentum and generally, when they see price movement that creeps towards a high, they can count on other investors jumping in.

It is important to point out that the 52 week high refers to the closing price of a stock. During any given trading day, a stock may move above its 52 week high, or below its 52 week low—but if it ends the day somewhere between the previous high and low, the 52 week high and low remains unchanged. These intraday movements, called reversals, can be significant to traders, even though the 52 week high or low remains unchanged. With stocks that have high volatility, this may happen a lot, so be sure to consider these ideas when adding some of the most volatile stocks to your portfolio.

In the past, analysts viewed an increase in the 52 week high as a very reliable indicator of future price movement. However, as electronic trading has become available to more than just individual investors, stock price reversals at these thresholds have become more common. For some traders, this has made the 52 week high a less significant indicator.

When a stock climbs above its 52 week high but fails to hold that gain, it can be a technical indicator that the stock has “topped out.” Of course, it's also fair to say that there is still a bullish sentiment surrounding the stock, and in some cases, high stocks will make multiple attempts before finally closing above its 52 week high. However, momentum traders typically view stocks that rise above, then fall below their 52 week high as prime targets for profit taking.

One of the most common financial strategies for day traders is known as the "pop" strategy. This strategy is based on technical indicators but rooted in market psychology. The reasoning is that markets will usually test a high or low before ultimately breaching it. Traders that use this strategy look for a stock that has significant momentum, indicating that it wants to break a high or low. Once the stock pulls back the first time, it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for a stock to try to reclaim that position. As traders see the stock approach the 52 week high or low they should set a stop order just above or below the price where the stock crossed the 52 week line the first time. When the stock reaches that price, the order will be executed and the trader can then set an appropriate stop loss to help them exit the trade.

Other successful trading strategies involve finding the 52 week high and low range. This is a very simple calculation. You subtract the 52 week low from the 52 week high. Once you know the range, you can determine the average weekly and daily average volume. Here’s an example. Lowe’s has a 52 week high of $117.35 and a 52 week low of $75.36. The range is 117.35-75.36=41.99. Once you have this number you can divide by 52 to get an average weekly range of $0.81 cents or an average daily range by dividing by 252 (based on the number of trading days, not calendar days) and get $0.16 cents per day. Once you know the average daily or weekly range, you can monitor the stock for trends. Once identified, using the average daily or weekly range gives you a point to step stops for your trade.

So how do you use this to make money?

First, you can use average daily or weekly range to look for breakouts especially at historically key price levels such as $10, $25, $50 or $100. Knowing the average weekly or daily range can help confirm price movement when stocks breach these levels higher or lower. However, a word of caution, especially for day traders, is that stocks can be prone to intraday reversals meaning that a price may rise above the high but then fall below or vice versa. Since these can happen very quickly, it's important to set appropriate stops.

A second strategy is to put a mid-line between the high and the low. To establish the mid-line, you will add the 52 week high and the 52 week low and divide by 2. In our example, 117.35 + 75.36 = 192.71 which when divided by 2 = 96.35. This would put your midline at approximately $96.35. You can then use this middle line to look for breakout patterns:

  • If the stock price breaks above the middle line, that is a bullish indicator that suggests the price will increase towards the 52 week high.
  • If the stock price breaks below the middle line, which is a bearish indicator that suggests the price will decrease towards the 52 week low.
  • If the stock price reverses off the middle line, you can use the average daily or weekly range to trade in the direction of the bounce.

Traders have easy access to a wealth of information and metrics. You can find a number of online resources that will provide a list of stocks on the stock exchange that have recently been trading at levels close to their 52 week highs. But this only gets you so far. Once you identify the stock, there are some additional signals you can look for to determine which stocks merit further study and could produce a good return.

  • When a move above the 52 week high is accompanied by high volume (look at the volume that is 200% above the average daily trading volume – ADTV) that usually indicates sufficient momentum to propel the stock in that direction
  • If a stock reaches its 52 week high and has a high percentage gain for a specific time period, that can be a sign that there is momentum around that stock.
  • From the fundamental analysis side of things, look for stocks that an analyst or two have recently upgraded or downgraded. This can have a huge psychological impact on the market that can create the necessary momentum to push a stock price significantly higher or lower and are sometimes some of the best cheap stocks to buy.

Another important tool in identifying 52 week high stocks is a stock screener. Stock screeners are found on many websites and trading websites and let an investor put in certain criteria (for example, market cap, simple moving average, stock market gainers, stocks recommended by financial experts, stocks that just hit their highest level, etc.) and then only shows stocks that match that criteria. For example, an investor could filter so that they only see stocks that offer a dividend, if they’re using a dividend investing strategy. You can use a stock screener to track the 52 week price changes and help determine the selling and buying you need to do to make the most money.

Stock traders rely on technical analysis, but successful investors understand the role that fundamental analysis plays in investment decisions. This is true when attempting to accurately interpret the significance of a company breaching a 52 week high. It is usually a good idea to look at what a well-known analyst says and get investment advice from them and another reliable financial advisor before you decide to invest in a stock.

For example, when there is good news that pushes a stock close to or above its 52 week high, investors that rely only on technical analysis may discount the news and look to sell only to find that the stock was only taking a brief pause before climbing well above its former high.

Should You Buy a Stock at Its 52 Week High?

Markets rarely move in an orderly, or even logical, fashion. But if you can identify changes in the 52 week high, traders can make more informed investing decisions. This is because a stock’s 52 week high represents a psychological indicator that can often create momentum. Buyers have a fear of missing out and sellers can look to cut their losses. Both scenarios can cause significant price movement. Make sure that you look at all of the factors that influence stock price and risk and gather all the data you can before adding a stock to your portfolio

Traders can easily find a list of stocks that have recently broken through their 52 week high. But that is not the only indicator for selecting a stock to trade. Traders, particularly day traders, are looking for stocks that show the proper momentum. Because stocks frequently experience reversals around the 52 week high, day traders, in particular, like to use the "pop" strategy to forecast when a stock that made one failed attempt at the threshold will cross it. Another popular trading strategy is to look at the 52 week high level and low level of a stock and focus on calculating the weekly or daily range and using that range to anticipate stock movement.

Movements around 52 week highs are usually significant. But quantifying that significance requires that investors pay attention to both technical and fundamental indicators as they relate to that stock. Reversals around stocks 52 week high are common. When these happen, traders need to take a look at other technical indicators and even use fundamental analysis to determine whether a stock's move is temporary or whether it is primed to break through a top or find a new floor. Sometimes bad things happen to even the best growth stocks and sometimes a bad stock can temporarily benefit from favorable stock market conditions.



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