In technical analysis of securities trading the stochastic oscillator is a momentum indicator that uses support and resistance levels. Dr George Lane developed this indicator in the late 1950s. The term stochastic refers to the point of a current price in relation to its price range over a period of time. This method attempts to predict price turning points by comparing the closing price of a security to its price range.
Calculation: Stochastic Oscillator:
1) %K = (Current Close - Lowest Low)/(Highest High - Lowest Low) * 100;
2) %D = 3-day SMA of %K Lowest Low = lowest low for the look-back period Highest High = highest high for the look-back period %K is multiplied by 100 to move the decimal point two places;
PROFILE: Bluescope Steel (BSL.AX)
Stock Exchange: ASX
Company: Bluescope Steel
Ticker Codes: | BSL.AX | ASX:BSL |
BlueScope Steel Limited manufactures and sells metal coated and painted steel building products in Australia, Asia, North America, New Zealand, and internationally. The company operates in five segments: Australian Steel Products; North Star BlueScope Steel; BlueScope Buildings; Building Products ASEAN, North America and India; and New Zealand & Pacific Steel. It provides steel slabs, plates, hot and cold rolled coils, coated and painted strip products, roof and wall claddings, purlins and house framings, and engineered building solutions. The company offers steel products under the LYSAGHT, COLORBOND, COLORSTEEL, ZINCALUME, GALVABOND, GALVASPAN, BlueScope Zacs, PrimaMaju, SuperDyma, and TRUZINC brands; and engineered building solutions under the Butler, Varco Pruden, EcoBuild and PROBUILD brands. It serves the residential and non-residential building and construction, manufacturing, automotive and transport, agricultural, and mining industries. The company was formerly known as BHP Steel Limited and changed its name to BlueScope Steel Limited in November 2003. BlueScope Steel Limited was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
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