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NYSE Reversal Indicator

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June 19, 2011 – Comments (0)

It was a hard week of trading this week, particularly for bulls, which saw their hopes for a bounce dashed time, and time again. Huge rally on Tuesday, was followed by a wash out on Wednesday, followed by bounces on Thursday and Friday, that ultimately resulted in nothing of significance. In the end, we have ended the week essentially where we began it and have a perfect doji candle on the weekly chart, representing indecision in the markets. Next week could finally be setting up for a nice bounce for the bulls, coupled with the extreme negative reading we are getting in the reversal indicator below.

For those of you who are not familiar with this chart, here's quick tutorial...

The Indicator uses the advance/decline ratio with a stochastics overlay. The bottom half of the chart is the weekly candles of the S&P. The chart itself goes back two years. Some folks have criticized me for posting this chart in the past saying that it isn't 100% accurate - but if it was, as some think it must be, then I wouldn't be posting it - I'd save it all for myself and make an ungodly sum of money off of it. But it isn't perfect and there is always a level of error that you can expect from it. But overall, it is fairly accurate, and when the indicator hits certain extremes on the stochastics, it is often a good time to start hedging positions that are going against the direction of the indicators, or start loading up on short or long positions in-line with the direction that the indicator itself is pointing to.

Remember, the extremes are where you are wanting to pay the closest attention to, particularly where the %K & %D lines cross (i.e the red and green lines). This is typically where we begin to see changes in the behavior of the market - not always but quite often enough, to warrant our attention. What this tool is best for, in terms of what I use it for, is market timing and position building. When there is a crossover at one of the extremes that goes against the positions in my portfolio, I, often times, look to take profits in those positions or at least hedge against them

Here is the NYSE Reversal Indicator.

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