Shares Nearing 52-Week High: Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD)

After a recent check, we can see that Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD) shares haves been trading near the 52-week high mark. Investors may be watching how shares respond as they reach this level. At the time of writing, company shares had recently hit 95.62. At this level, shares are noted trading -2.08% away from the 52-week high. Investors will be interested to see if the stock can maintain momentum after breaking the 52-week high or if the level is merely breached and there is a pullback. Traders and investors might have to make the decision whether to lock in current profits, or hold on for a further push higher.

Investors are often dealing with the decision of whether to sell a stock that has been a solid performer or hold on to it for more profit. This can be almost as trying as deciding when to buy a certain stock. Once investors have latched on to a certain stock, they may find it hard to let go. On the flip side, investors may also have to deal with cutting ties with a losing stock. With both scenarios, it may be important for investors to try to keep emotion out of the decision making process. Investors may feel that giving up on a losing stock can be admitting that a mistake was made. No matter what the circumstance, not letting go of a losing stock may lead to poor portfolio performance in the long run. Constantly keeping a close watching on fundamental and technical data can provide important information needed to stay afloat in the equity markets.

Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD) shares currently have a consensus recommendation of 2.40. This rating uses a scale from 1 to 5. A recommendation of 1 or 2 would represent a consensus Buy. A rating of 4 or 5 would indicate a consensus Sell. A rating of 3 would signify a consensus Hold recommendation. Investors often follow the opinions of sell-side analysts offering target prices on the stock. The consensus target price for the stock is presently $97.13. The stock currently has a beta value of 1.45. Beta can be useful to gauge stock price volatility in relation to the broader market. A beta of 1 may show that the stock price moves with the market. A beta under 1 might indicate that the stock is less volatile than the market. A beta over 1 indicates that the stock price is more volatile than the market in theory.

With the stock nearing 52-week highs, investors may be trying to project the price action over the next few months. Taking a look back at some historical performance numbers for Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD), we can see that shares are -1.00% over the last week. For the last month, company shares are 0.54%. For the last quarter, the stock has performed 26.23%. Watching recent volatility levels, we can see that shares have been recorded at 1.60% for the week, and 1.75% for the last month. If we look back year-to-date, the stock has performed 28.71%. Over the past full-year, shares have performed 29.13%.

Investors may also be paying close attention to some simple moving average indicators on shares of Woodward, Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD). The moving average uses the sum of all of the previous closing prices over a certain time period and divides the result by the number of prices used in the calculation. Many investors will opt to use multiple time periods when examining moving averages. Recently, company shares have been recorded trading 0.14% away from the 20-day moving average. Pushing out to the 50-day, we can see that shares are currently trading 1.16% off of that number. Zooming out to the 200-day moving average, shares have been trading 15.86% away from that value.

As the next earnings season comes into focus, investors will be keeping watch on the performance of companies that they own. A company that continually exceeds earnings projections is most likely on the right track. On the other end of the spectrum, a company that frequently misses earnings projections might provide some insight to the fact that something isn’t right. Although it is important to keep track of earnings estimates and results, it shouldn’t be the only thing that the investor is looking at regarding the stock. Just because a company misses or beats expectations for one quarter may not mean anything super special. Tracking performance over a longer period of time can help paint the bigger picture of what is going on with the company. Sharp investors often have the ability to look deeper into the numbers to see the actual causes of an earnings hit or miss. Of course estimates are just that, estimates, and some analysts may be more accurate than others.