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How to Put Trading Chart Breakouts into Context

When you look at a trading chart, a genuine breakout from you trend channel means that channel is now defunct. You need to discard it. To verify that the breakout truly ended the trend, you need to evaluate [more…]

How to Find a Pivot Point Support and Resistance Channel in a Trading Chart

One technique for dealing with sideways moves within a trading chart channel is to draw horizontal support and resistance lines off pivot points. Technical traders use the term [more…]

How to Deal with Limitations of Trading Chart Averages

Calculating moving averages on a trading chart can give you vital information about how securities are trending. But averages can’t tell you everything, and they can even mislead you. Moving averages lose [more…]

The Types of Trading Chart Moving Averages

You can adjust the moving average on a trading chart to make it track current prices more closely without sacrificing all the benefits of the averaging process. Moving averages come in a number of forms [more…]

How to Calculate Moving Average Convergence and Divergence

If you look at any two moving average crossovers in a trading chart, you see that at a turning point, the short moving average converges to the price and the long-term moving average converges, a bit later [more…]

How to Interpret the MACD on a Trading Chart

On a trading chart, the moving average convergence-divergence indicator (MACD) was designed use exponential moving averages of 26 and 12 days, although the MACD is a model into which you can insert any [more…]

How to Identify the End of a Trading Chart Trend with the Moving Average Level Rule

When looking at a trading price chart, you can call the end of a trend by using the moving average level rule: an uptrend when the moving average today is less than the moving average yesterday, and a [more…]

How to Interpret the Simple Moving Average on a Trading Chart

You can calculate a moving average that you can apply to your trading chart. The average is “moving” because you’re averaging the trade information across a period. The process of calculating a moving [more…]

How to Use Multiple Moving Averages on a Trading Chart

You like a short moving average when examining a trading chart because that average responds quickly to new conditions, and you like a long moving average because it reduces errors. So why not use both [more…]

How to Create a Point-and-Figure Chart of Trading Prices

Displaying the price only when it makes a significant move is the essence of point-and-figure charting. If nothing noteworthy happened on a particular day, you put nothing on the chart. Consider the point-and-figure [more…]

How to Use a Linear Regression to Identify Market Trends

On a trading chart, you can draw a line (called the linear regression line) that goes through the center of the price series, which you can analyze to identify trends in price. Although you can’t technically [more…]

How to Draw Trading Chart Channels by Hand

A channel in a trading chart is a pair of straight-line trendlines encasing a price series. This channel consists of one line drawn along the top of a price series and another line, parallel to the first [more…]

Basics of Candlestick Charts in Technical Analysis

Candlestick charting emphasizes the opening and closing prices of a stock security for a given day. Many candlesticks are simple to use and interpret, making it easier for a beginner to figure out bar [more…]

Technical Analysis: How to Read a Basic Price Bar

The price bar, the basic building block of technical analysis, describes and defines the trading action in a stock security for a given period. Trading action [more…]


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