Stock Charts For Dummies
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Indicators of price movement and volume on a stock can be a helpful tool to enhance your stock chart style. Here are the key indicators to focus on:
  • Relative strength indicator (RSI): Shows how strongly a stock is moving in its current direction, whether up or down
  • Chaikin money flow (CMF): Combines price and volume to show the movement of money in and out of a stock
  • On-balance volume (OBV): Combines price and volume to show how money is moving in and out of a stock
  • Percent price oscillator (PPO): The percentage-based version of the moving average convergence divergence indicator (MACD)
  • Percent volume oscillator (PVO): The PPO indicator applied to volume rather than price
  • Force index: Shows the movement of price and volume
  • Price momentum oscillator (PMO): Tracks the stock's rate of change
  • Stochastics: Show speed of stock price relative to past movements
  • StockCharts technical ranking (SCTR): Ranking based on a stock's technical strength

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Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA, specializes in intermarket and commodities analysis for He contributes market analysis commentary to several blogs that garner between 5,000 and 10,000 readers weekly.

Lita Epstein, MBA, has written more than 40 books, including Trading For Dummies, Bookkeeping For Dummies, and Reading Financial Reports For Dummies.

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