Types of Stock Market Analysis
The majority of stock market analysis can be lumped into three broad groups: fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a closer look at each.
The goal of fundamental analysis is to determine whether a company’s future value is accurately reflected in its current stock price.
Fundamental analysis attempts to estimate the value of a stock based on a variety of factors, such as the current finances of the company and the prevailing economic environment. Fundamental analysis also may include speaking with a company’s management team and assessing how the company’s products are received in the marketplace.
When a fundamental review is complete, the analyst may decide the stock is an attractive opportunity because the market has underestimated its prospects. The analyst also may determine the stock to be a “hold,” or a “sell,” if the value is fully reflected in the price.
Technical analysts rely on stock charts to make their assessment of a company’s stock price. For example, technicians may look for a support level and resistance level when assessing a stock’s next move. A support level is a price level at which the stock might find support, and below which, it may not fall. In contrast, a resistance level is a price at which the stock might find pressure, and above which, it may not rise .
Sentimental analysis attempts to measure the market in terms of the attitudes of investors. Sentimental analysis starts from the assumption that the majority of investors are wrong. In other words, that the stock market has the potential to disappoint when “masses of investors” be