Stock Market Indicators

Stock market indicators are vital tools for successful trading and there is a multitude to choose from. These indicators provide valuable information about the probable movement of a stock, and can generate signals of when to enter or exit a trade.

This page lists the articles available on this site relating to stock market indicators.

Technical Analysis Indicators What They Are and How to Use Them

Technical analysis indicators are the basis of technical analysis which is used to determine future financial, stock or economic trends. Technical indicators are used to help the investor know when to enter or exit a trade, to be able to make a profit.

Harvey’s Options Volatility Indicator

This indicator was designed by Ian Harvey, the creator of this site, to help address a need for easy to understand and implement indicators in the marketplace for options trading.

Moving Averages in Trading

Moving average trading strategies include using these averages themselves as a simple effective indicator, their application to price charts to obtain signals, and their use in many other indicators.

The Volume Indicator

A volume indicator is a valuable tool for helping to gauge the strength of a trend and can provide insight into probable reversals as well as signals for potential entry and exit points.

Trend Indicators

Trend indicators assist traders in joining the momentum of market direction by helping identify how long a trend is likely to continue, how strong the trend is, and when a reversal may be expected.

Lagging Indicators

A lagging indicator, also known as a trend-following indicator, follows the price movement of a stock. This type of indicator can help a trader to identify a trending market and stay with the trend.

Pivot Point Indicator

The pivot point indicator is a popular leading indicator calculated from preceding price data. Signals can be obtained for the likely points at which the price will undergo a change in direction.

Relative Strength Index

The RSI  is used to chart the current and historical strength or weakness of a stock or market based on the closing prices of a recent trading period.

MACD Moving Average Convergence Divergence

MACD is special because it brings together momentum and trend in one indicator. This means MACD will never be far removed from the actual price movements of the underlying security.

Bollinger Bands - Introduction

By measuring price volatility, Bollinger Bands adjust themselves to market conditions. This is what makes them so handy for traders: they can find almost the entire price data needed between the two bands.

Trading Bollinger Bands

Trading Bollinger Bands can help you understand certain characteristics of a stock such as the high or low of the day, whether or not the stock is trending, or even if it is volatile or not.

Using Bollinger Bands

This article details effective ways of using Bollinger Bands.

Sentiment Indicators

Sentiment indicators are used to gauge the attitude and tone of investors and how they perceive the current health in the market outside of simple price activity.

Sentiment Indicator Polls

Sentiment analysis is an important area of market trading decisions, therefore tracking of sentiment polls becomes essential to determine the direction of market movements.

Sentiment Indicators and Contrarian Trading

Contrarian investing is based on the belief that the worse things seem in the market, the better the opportunities are for profit. These investors rely strongly on sentiment indicators to help make trading decisions.

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