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What is meant by a market that is technically strong

What is meant by a technically strong stock or a technically strong market? I understand what a fundamentally strong stock is, but what is a technically strong stock/ market? Does it mean a stock ...
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Technical Analysis: the concepts of overbought / oversold don't make sense

Some technical indicators (e.g. Williams %R) indicate whether the market is overbought or oversold. But this doesn't make sense. Let me explain. Every time a stock or commodity is bought, it is ...
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What is this kind of price graph called, and what is it useful for?

What is this kind of graph called? How do I interpret it? What is it useful for? I can't even tell what the axes mean.
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Why does heavy volume indicate the strength of a trend?

When a reversal occurs on a chart on a heavy volume, it is supposed to signal the beginning of a strong reverse trend. For example, if a security was trending upwards and then it moves down on heavy ...
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Rationale behind using 12, 26 and 9 to calculate MACD

The standard setting for the MACD are 12, 26 and 9. Is there a rationale why these seemingly arbitrary numbers are considered a standard? My other question is that why is 26 considered to be the ...
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Understanding signal line crossover vs zero line crossover in MACD

In this Wikipedia article here They mention: Zero crossovers provide evidence of a change in the direction of a trend but less confirmation of its momentum than a signal line crossover. If ...
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Gauge the strength of the resistance level of a stock just using EMA

Say I calculate the 200-day EMA of a stock to be $25. The stock currently trades at $22. I see from the historical price action that it has touched $25 and failed to break it two times in the past 4 ...
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Why do moving average acts as support and resistance?

What is the reason that a particular moving average can act as a good indicator of support and resistance for a particular stock? Moving average is just an avg of closing prices over 30 days or 50 ...
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Is candlestick charting an effective trading tool in timing the markets?

In the world of technical analysis, is candlestick charting an effective trading tool in timing the markets? If used correctly, how accurate can they be in picking turning points in the market?
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Are most financial needs analyses created equal?

I'm currently talking to a representative for a company that as part of the service they offer does a financial needs analysis (FNA). A quick online search for "financial needs analysis" turns up a ...
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Does it make sense to talk about an ETF or index in terms of technical indicators?

For example, a story today talked about SPY approaching support levels. Given that the price of the ETF is essentially determined by the price of its constituents, does this even make sense? Do ...
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Does technical analysis work on penny stocks?

Does technical analysis work on penny stocks? If yes, and we're talking about stocks that trade under $3, is there a point at which it stops being effective? If yes, does technical analysis work the ...
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What are the fundamental levels that makes a Stock Ideal? (either to sell or buy)

During the analysis of a stock, you analyze a few technical, fundamentals as well as environmental points. For example the PE, or Volume, etc. for technical points and News and rumors for ...
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DJIA, NASDAQ, S&P 500 index day's estimating volume

Is there any website can find these info? My broker is IB, but I can't find these info in Trader Workstation. Thanks.
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What are the primary investment strategies people use and why do they use them?

When I first started studying investing the literature I was reading pointed me towards something called technical analysis. As I started asking questions about this trying to determine exactly what ...
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How do I interpret this analysis from Second Opinion?

On Second Opinion analysis for a stock I read the following: OPINION: LONG RECOMMENDATION: If you are long, hold current position. Do not initiate new position. Stock is Not a Short Sell Candidate ...
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What are support and resistance of a stock?

Checking Second Opinion report for a stock I saw the following: Look for Support at 14.81 Watch for resistance at 15.37 Could anyone please explain what this means?
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Can the shorting of S&P futures negatively affect the underlying index and constituent stocks?

I hear people on financial shows talk all the time about index futures like SPY and QQQQ affecting the actual index. Can shorting these futures (in huge quantities obviously) cause the underlying ...
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How to learn about doing technical analysis? Any suggested programs or tools that teach it?

I've been going through the OIC Education Courses recommended by @jaydles in another question about learning options. I'm about halfway through, I've learned a lot about how the stock market works ...
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Standard Deviation with Asset Prices?

I am looking for risk measures such as standard deviation for asset prices such as stock prices and index fund prices. It would be a trivial task if I had the data but since I do not have the data I ...
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What are some (beginner) introductory books about Technical Analysis of Stocks?

I read Technical Analysis for Dummies...and am looking for a more detailed insight into the topic.
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How to Explain “efficient frontier” to child?

I have found this challenge almost impossible because I don't want to use too technical jargon, just nice pictures, gestures and analogies to everyday life. So I created this pathological example with ...
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Effectiveness of technical analysis techniques: Any supporting studies?

Do you find Techical Analysis to be an effective way of increasing the returns on your investments? This can be either by itself, or in combination with other indicators. If so, what techniques do ...