Checking in on the short-term signals on Southern First Bancs (SFST), we note that the current 7-day average directional indicator is Buy.

This signal may be used to determine the market trend. The 7-day directional strength is Minimum . This trend strength indicator measures the signal based on historical performance where minimum would represent the weakest, and maximum would indicate the strongest.

The 7-day average directional direction is currently Weakest. This signal indicates whether the Buy or Sell signal is getting stronger or weakening, or whether the Hold is heading towards a Buy or Sell.

Investors may be searching for various types of stocks to help diversify the portfolio. Growth stocks include shares of companies that may have the possibility of generating higher than average profit growth and revenues. These companies tend to pump earnings back into the business, and they generally expand quicker than the overall economy. Although growth stocks can be a bit riskier, they can also provide a higher level of reward down the line. Cyclical stocks consist of companies that typically will ride the wave of the overall economy. These shares tend to perform well when the economy is doing well and perform poorer when the economy is faltering.

Shifting gears, we can see that the 10-day moving average Hilo channel is currently Hold. This indicator calculates the moving average based on highs/lows rather than the closing price. The direction of the signal is currently Falling.

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Looking at some other short-term indicators, Southern First Bancs (SFST) has a 20-day moving average vs price of Buy. This is the signal from the 20-day MA which is used to monitor changes in stock price.

The current signal strength is Weak and the direction has been noted as Strengthening. The 20-50 day MACD Oscillator signal is presently Sell. The strength is presently Average and the direction is Strengthening.

Focusing in on the 20-Day Bollinger Bands signal for Southern First Bancs (SFST), the current reading is Hold.

This short-term indicator may be used to help spot oversold and overbought conditions.

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