Digging into Ziopharm Oncology IN (ZIOP)’s Technicals

Ziopharm Oncology IN (ZIOP) shares are showing strong upward momentum according to the Aroon indicator as the reading has climbed above 70.  With the strength building, investors might be taking a look at this name in conjuction with some other indicators.

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The Aroon Oscillator was developed by Tushar Chande to highlight the start of a new trend and to measure trend strength. Chande first described the indicator in the September 1995 issue of Stocks & Commodities magazine. The Aroon indicator system consists of three lines: Aroon Up, Aroon Down, and the Aroon Oscillator which reflects the difference between the two. “Aroon” is a Sanskrit word meaning “dawn’s early light”.

Chande recommends the following signals:

Aroon Up level above 70 indicates a strong up-trend while Aroon Down above 70 indicates a strong down-trend. Aroon Up below 50 warns that the up-trend is weakening while Aroon Down below 50 signals that the down-trend is weakening. The two moving lower in close proximity indicates consolidation, and no clear trend.

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Turning to some additional technical indicators, at the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Ziopharm Oncology IN (ZIOP) is standing at 14.29. Many chart analysts believe that an ADX reading over 25 would suggest a strong trend. A reading under 20 would suggest no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.

What Is ADX?

The Average Directional Index or ADX. The ADX was created by J. Welles Wilder to help determine how strong a trend is. In general, a rising ADX line means that an existing trend is gaining strength. The opposite would be the case for a falling ADX line.

Looking further at additional technical indicators we can see that the 14-day Commodity Channel Index (CCI) for Ziopharm Oncology IN (ZIOP) is sitting at 123.37. CCI is an indicator used in technical analysis that was designed by Donald Lambert. Although it was originally intended for commodity traders to help identify the start and finish of market trends, it is frequently used to analyze stocks as well. A CCI reading closer to +100 may indicate more buying (possibly overbought) and a reading closer to -100 may indicate more selling (possibly oversold).

Moving averages can help spot trends and price reversals. They may also be used to help find support or resistance levels. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators meaning that they confirm trends. A certain stock may be considered to be on an uptrend if trading above a moving average and the average is sloping upward. On the other side, a stock may be considered to be in a downtrend if trading below the moving average and sloping downward. Shares of Ziopharm Oncology IN (ZIOP) have a 7-day moving average of 4.25. Taking a glance at the relative strength indictor, we note that the 14-day RSI is currently at 56.61, the 7-day stands at 68.02, and the 3-day is sitting at 83.05.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and change of stock price movements. The RSI was developed by J. Welles Wilder, and it oscillates between 0 and 100. Generally, the RSI is considered to be oversold when it falls below 30 and overbought when it heads above 70. RSI can be used to detect general trends as well as finding divergences and failure swings.

As investors gear up for the stretch run towards the end of the year, the focus will be on which way stock market momentum seems to be shifting. Investors may be taking note of various economic reports and keeping a close eye on global political news. There are many factors that can affect the price of a stock. Tracking the markets from different angles may help to put together the bigger investing picture. Investors may be wondering if they have missed the boat as stocks have cooled off a bit recently. It may be wise to remember that there are always plenty of market opportunities to take advantage of. Diving into the fray may not be necessary until all the boxes are ticked off on the investor’s checklist.  

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