Monthly economic reports can move markets, so you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics. Watch for the jobs report, GDP, and CPI.
Volume is an important technical indicator to pay attention to. Understanding the relationship between price and volume can be a useful skill for both day traders and long-term investors.
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The McClellan oscillator, NYSE advance/decline line, and NYSE Tick Index can be used together to measure the market’s breadth.
Candlestick charts have become the preferred chart form for many traders using technical analysis. Learn to identify candlestick patterns with this introduction.
Learn how to apply relative strength analysis, which compares an individual stock to the performance of a broad market index like the S&P 500.
It is said no one can pick tops and bottoms. However, heikin ashi bars could get you closer to getting the information you need to make an informed decision.
Learn how to use some of the essential tools on the thinkorswim platform and understand how to add technical indicators to charts, maintain watchlists, place trades, and monitor positions.
Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?
How do you know when a consolidating market is about to trend? Consider using the TTM Squeeze indicator to help you decide if a market is going to switch.
The volume profile tool can be used to identify which price is attracting most of the buyers and sellers. It can help identify support and resistance levels and areas where trading volume is accumulating.
Consider using company cash flow data as you survey stock investments. It’s a basic, fundamental measure of potential earnings and dividend growth.
Technicians identify entry and exit signals based off support and resistance bounces or breaks. However, these aren’t always easy to identify.
Explore trading multiple time frames to avoid chart head-fakes that might throw you off your strategy. Plus, identify trade entries and exits even as you ride out long-term trends.
Build up your charting basics: Try simple moving averages for long-term charts and exponential moving averages for a short-term view.
Learn how the put/call ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.
The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.
Wish sentiment was displayed on your stock watchlist? Learn how to use the High/Low Graph function in the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade.
Short-term traders and long-term investors use technical analysis to help them determine potential entry and exit signals for their investments.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?
Some economic indicators create more noise than others—learn to create trading strategies based on how markets might react to economic data.
Price patterns are another common tool for identifying entry and exit signals. However, much of this technique is similar to support and resistance.
An NR7 setup may be an indicator of sentiment uncertainty or a stalemate between an uptrend and a downtrend.
Technical analysts use support and resistance to identify areas of supply and demand.
While no single indicator can provide a full, guaranteed snapshot of an economy, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) covers a lot of ground.
The S&P 500 finished August with one of its smallest monthly trading ranges. Learn how the Market Forecast indicator might help you make sense of these ranges
Feeling confused by pages of tiny numbers in a company’s earnings report? Here are three metrics investors can easily find in quarterly data.
Support and resistance are two of the most important concepts in technical analysis. How can investors potentially gain an edge by applying them?
Looking for new ways to win in the stock market? Dividend-paying stocks can be quite attractive.
When will a stock trend end? There are a few stock chart indicators that make spotting trend reversal warning signs a little easier.
Learn stock charting basics—volume, moving average, the Relative Strength Index, and moving average convergence divergence—to potentially confirm stock hunch.
Learn to recognize divergences between chart indicators and price action. It’s the first step toward confirming trends.
Use a blend of off-the-grid economic data—from search-engine trends to a real-time GDP figure—to help inform investing hunches.
Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.
Find a potential trade and plot a chart using Stock Hacker on the Scan tab of the thinkorswim platform by TD Ameritrade
The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.
The Relative Strength Index is technical analysis indicator that may hold clues for the end of a market trend.
Gen Y's tech savvy, addiction to immediacy, and global awareness have lured this pack to the buzz and responsibility of self-directed investing.
Traders and investors watch for market signals to time their entries and exits. Which government economic reports are the most relevant to the stock market?
You can’t fight the Federal Reserve, but at the rate things change today, that doesn't mean you should bury your head in the sand. Fed indicators matter, too.
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