As we move further into the year, individual investors may be reviewing the stock portfolio. Many investors will be trying to figure out if certain stocks will be able to muster up some momentum moving forward. To get a sense of where a stock might be going, investors often study historical information and where the stock has been. Over the past 12 weeks, shares of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) have seen a move of -25.17%. Looking back over the past month, shares have moved -6.87%. Over the previous week, the stock has moved -8.54%. Taking a peek at some possible support and resistance levels, we note that the 52-week high is presently sitting at 17.07, and the 52-week low is presently 9.2. Interested investors will be paying close attention to shares if they begin to approach either of those levels.

Individual investors have a lot to study when dealing with the stock market. New investors may start out thinking that with enough capital, they can easily start securing substantial gains. While equity market investing can help individuals build wealth, it can also be highly risky. Market education may be an extremely important part of any investor’s game plan. Knowing exactly where the money is invested and why it is invested there, may be a big help when reviewing portfolio performance down the line. Any investor who takes the reins and decides to make their own decisions should realize the importance of a well-rounded stock market education. 

After a recent stock review, we can see that Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) currently has an average broker rating of 2.56. Based on analysts polled by Zacks Research, this rating lands on an easy to follow scale from 1 to 5 where a 1 would indicate a Strong Buy and a 5 would represent a Strong Sell recommendation. Sell-side analysts often provide recommendations for stocks that they regularly cover. Different institutions may use various terminologies for how they describe their ratings. Because individual analyst ratings can vary, investors may choose to follow the average in order to track the general sell-side sentiment. Looking a little further, we can see that 2 polled analysts currently have the stock rated as a Strong Buy or Buy.

Following some earnings data for Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), we note that the current quarter EPS consensus estimate is 0.06. This EPS estimate is using data provided by 4 sell-side analysts polled by Zacks Research. This consensus estimate may vary from other data outlets providing consensus projections. Last quarter, the company reported a quarterly EPS of -0.25. Investors often pay extra close to the actual numbers when they are reported. If the actual comes in way under what the analysts were predicting, investors might want to take a deeper look to see what is going on with the stock. Investors may also be on the lookout for positive surprises on earnings beats. When a company reports actual earnings results, the surprise factor may cause the stock price to move sharply in either direction. Because it is difficult to gauge how a stock will react after the earnings report, investors may trade with increased caution during this period of time.

When it comes to investing in stocks, the question of risk will eventually need to be addressed. Of course, there are no guarantees when investing in the stock market. With this in mind, investors can proceed with a plan that helps minimize risk while still providing the opportunity to experience large profit potential. Each investor may have a different financial situation or tolerance for risk. There is often a fine line between being too aggressive or too conservative with equity investments. Finding that balance between the two extremes may be exactly what the earnest investor strives to do when tackling the markets.

Investors tracking shares of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) may be closely following analyst price target estimates. Reviewing company shares, we can see that the current average target price is 12.94. Keeping track of all the day to day stock market happenings can sometimes be a burden, even for the most seasoned investors. Investors may use sell-side analyst target estimates to help figure out if their assumptions about the future direction of a particular stock price are shared. Of course, nobody can project the future stock price of a company with exact precision. Investors may use analyst target prices as a good starting point for comparing current stock prices and making educated projections themselves.

Many active investors will use technical analysis when conducting stock research. Technical analysis involves studying trends and trying to predict which trends will continue into the future. Many technical traders will rely on charts to help provide the information they desire. Some technicians will use one or two technical indicators while others will combine many different ones. There are plenty of indicators out there that can be studied. Figuring out which indicators are the most reliable can be a tricky endeavor. Traders may want to try out various combinations in order to identify the ones that seem to provide the best advantage, even if it is a small one.

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