Moving 8.18% from the most recent open, shares of Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (:CNR) have landed on investor watchlists as the latest bid puts the equity at $5.42.  Investors interested in stocks under $5 have given this stock a second look over the past few weeks.

Investors may be trying to gauge the current business cycle phase and how that could potentially impact the portfolio. Business cycles can be one way to analyze portfolio performance. Early on in the cycle, profits tend to grow rapidly, sales tend to improve, and activity rebounds. In the middle of a cycle, growth may be peaking, strong credit growth may still be seen, and policy may swing neutral. Toward the later stages, growth may be moderate, earnings may come under pressure, and credit may tighten. Heading into a period of recession, credit may completely dry up, profits may decline sharply, and there may be policy easing. Investors will often have to adjust portfolio holdings that reflect the current state of a business cycle.

Stock market investing can indeed tug on an individual’s emotional strings. When the market becomes tumultuous, investors may be tempted to act impulsively, or they may freeze and not act at all. Being prepared for various scenarios may help the investor better deal with the market when the time comes. Staying disciplined with portfolio rebalancing and asset allocation may be a big help for the individual investor. Investors who constantly try to outguess the market and chase winners may eventually find themselves swimming upstream. Staying the course and keeping a logical perspective may assist the investor with making the tricky portfolio decisions when necessary.

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The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (:CNR) has performed 24.03%. For the past month, shares are 37.56%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 27.83%. Looking back further, Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. stock has been -18.13% over the last six months, and -25.24% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are -67.05%.

There is rarely any substitute for diligent research, especially when it pertains to the equity markets. No matter what strategy an investor employs, keeping abreast of current market happenings is of the utmost importance. Everyone wants to see their stock picks soar, but the stark reality is that during a market wide sell-off, this may not be the case. Recently, shares of Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (:CNR) have been seen trading -17.63% away from the 200-day moving average and 1.54% off the 50-day moving average. The stock is currently trading -67.59% away from the 52-week high and separated 44.53% from the 52-week low. Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.’s RSI is presently sitting at 57.93.

Stock market investing can indeed tug on an individual’s emotional strings. When the market becomes tumultuous, investors may be tempted to act impulsively, or they may freeze and not act at all. Being prepared for various scenarios may help the investor better deal with the market when the time comes. Staying disciplined with portfolio rebalancing and asset allocation may be a big help for the individual investor. Investors who constantly try to outguess the market and chase winners may eventually find themselves swimming upstream. Staying the course and keeping a logical perspective may assist the investor with making the tricky portfolio decisions when necessary.