Technical analysis: Momentum indicators

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Summary

Explore how technical indicators help reveal a stock's price momentum and how this data can be combined with other indicators to develop a more sophisticated trading strategy.

Speaker

Rick Swope
Senior Strategist, Investor Education, E*TRADE Securities LLC

Rick Swope is a Senior Strategist of Investor Education with E*TRADE Securities LLC. As a veteran in the industry, Rick has presented at hundreds of seminars across the U.S. and around the world. His expertise covers technical analysis, market strategy, and risk management. He has extensive media experience, including a regional PBS weekly show, a national PBS pledge program, and numerous radio and television appearances. He is the principal author of the Amazon best seller, Five Points for Trading Success (Wiley, 2007) and co-author of Trading By Numbers (Wiley, 2012). Rick’s teaching includes corporate training as well as six years as an adjunct engineering instructor. He studied in the disciplines of engineering, mathematics, operations research, and statistics. He is married with two children and resides in Atlanta, GA. Rick holds the FINRA Series 7 license.

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Will XYZ stock go up or down? Some traders try to answer this question by studying the basic characteristics of XYZ’s business. These characteristics may include sales, earnings, debt, and other financial aspects of the business. This method of analyzing a stock is known as fundamental analysis.

Most technical analysis is performed by observing and interpreting charts. A chart is a historical record of stock price movements plotted over a time period, like one day, one year, one decade, or even longer.

One of the three assumptions of technical analysis is that stock prices tend to move in trends. Another way to think about this assumption is by borrowing from the world of physics and Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion. In particular, Newton’s law of motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an opposing force.