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Technical analysis on the stock may include following the Keltner Channels indicator. Currently, the 20 day upper band is 15.497357 for Tower Semiconductor Ltd.(NASDAQ:TSEM). The 20 day lower band is noted at 14.843105. The KC indicator is considered a lagging indicator. Traders may use the values to help spot overbought and oversold conditions.

Putting a closer focus on shares of Tower Semiconductor Ltd.(NASDAQ:TSEM), we see that since the opening price of 15.58, the stock has moved 0.11. Tracking shares, we note that the consensus stock rating is Buy. Volume today clocks in around 190237. Over the course of the current session, the stock has topped out at  15.78 and seen a low price of 15.58. Investors will be putting 2/19/2019 on the schedule as the company is slated to next report earnings around that date.

Traders following the Chaikin Money Flow indicator will note that the current 20 day reading is 0.07460206. The CMF value will fluctuate between 1 and -1. In general, a value closer to 1 would indicate higher buying pressure. A value closer to -1 would represent higher selling pressure.

Traders following the Hull Moving Average will note that the current level is 15.621482. The calculation uses the weighted moving average and it puts the emphasis on recent prices over older prices.

Technical traders focusing on Donchian Channels will note that the 20 period lower band reading is currently 14.36. The 20 period upper band reading is 15.79. Donchian Channels can be used to gauge the volatility of a market. This is a banded indicator akin to Bollinger Bands.

Traders following the stock may be watching SMA or Simple Moving Average Levels. Many traders will be watching out for when the shorter-term averages cross above the longer-term averages as this may point to the start of an uptrend. Let’s look at the following SMA readings:

SMA 50 day: 14.7105
SMA 30 day: 14.811833
SMA 200 day: 16.68267
SMA 20 day: 15.066
SMA 100 day: 14.859021
SMA 10 day15.457

Taking a look at some historical highs and lows for Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:TSEM), we see that the all time high is currently 652.5, and the all time low is 1.3485. Investors often pay added attention to a stock when it is nearing a historical high point or low point. For the last year, the high price is 34.28, and the low price stands at 13.5601. For the last six months, the high was seen at 22.62, and the low was tracked at 13.5601. If we move in closer, the three month high/low is 17.21/13.5601, and the one month high/low is 15.79/13.57.

Traders have the ability to use a wide range of indicators when studying stocks. Each trader will typically find a few indicators that they heavily rely on. The Ichimoku Cloud indicator works to identify trend direction, gauge momentum, and identify trading opportunities based on crossovers. We can view some Ichimoku indicator levels below:

Ichimoku Lead 1: 14.2425
Ichimoku Lead 2: 14.265
Ichimoku Cloud Base Line: 14.965
Ichimoku Cloud Conversion Line: 15.2675

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