IShares MSCI Thailand Capped (THD) Declines 0.01% for April 13

The Quality Factor as a Defensive Tool

The Quality Factor as a Defensive Tool

April 13 is a negative day so far for iShares MSCI Glbl Agriculture Producers (NYSEARCA:VEGI) as the ETF is active during the day after losing 0.48% to hit $29.21 per share.

A commonly used tool among technical stock analysts is the moving average. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an often employed momentum oscillator that is used to measure the speed and change of stock price movements. The RSI was created by J. Welles Wilder who was striving to measure whether or not a stock was overbought or oversold. Although the CCI indicator was developed for commodities, it has become a popular tool for equity evaluation as well. In general, and ADX value from 0-25 would represent an absent or weak trend. BMO MSCI EU Hq Hcad ETF (ZEQ.TO)'s Williams Percent Range or 14 day Williams %R now sits at -18.29.

Shares of Brazil Index MSCI Ishares (EWZ) are being monitored closely as they have moved below the Elder Force zero line. The Williams %R oscillates in a range from 0 to -100. Using the CCI as a leading indicator, technical analysts may use a +100 reading as an overbought signal and a -100 reading as an oversold indicator, suggesting a trend reversal. In similar to other moving averages way, the TEMA indicator is used to identify trends and generate trading signals. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators that simply take the average price of a stock over a certain period of time.

Shares of Brazil Index MSCI Ishares (EWZ) have a 200-day moving average of 41.34.

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The Williams Percent Range or Williams %R is another technical indicator worth checking out.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in shares of Ishares Currency Hedged Msci Germany Etf (BMV:HEWG) by 3.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Williams %R is created to provide a general sense of when the equity might have reached an extreme and be primed for a reversal. A reading over 70 would indicate that the stock is overbought, and possibly overvalued. A reading from -80 to -100 would signal an oversold situation. Using the ADX with the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) may help determine the direction of the trend as well as the overall momentum. The indicator is non-directional meaning that it gauges trend strength whether the stock price is trending higher or lower. The RSI may be used to help spot points of reversals more accurately. Currently, the 14-day ADX for Brazil Index MSCI Ishares (EWZ) is 17.10. A value of 25-50 would support a strong trend. If the RSI is closer to 100, this may indicate a period of stronger momentum.

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