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Technically Speaking: Indicators

Stochastic Oscillator

March 15, 2014 by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The stochastic oscillator is a momentum indicator useful for identifying potential price reversals. Like all oscillators, the stochastic oscillator is best suited for trading ranges or prolonged trends where prices periodically deviate from the prevailing trend.

The Mass Index

First Quarter 2014 by CI Staff

Using a high-low price range to identify potential trend reversals based on range expansions.

The Ulcer Index

Third Quarter 2013 by CI Staff

Measuring the breadth and duration of an investment’s or portfolio’s drawdown while ignoring upside volatility.

Rate of Change Indicator

Second Quarter 2013 by CI Staff

Measuring price momentum with the rate of change (ROC) oscillator, which shows the speed at which prices are changing.

On-Balance Volume (OBV)

First Quarter 2013 by CI Staff

How to use the trend in volume as a price trend predictor.

MACD: Part 2

Third Quarter 2012 by CI Staff

A further examination of the moving average convergence-divergence indicator covering crossovers and divergences.

Moving Average Convergence-Divergence (MACD)

Second Quarter 2012 by CI Staff

Turning a simple trend-following indicator into a momentum oscillator with the moving average convergence-divergence.

Average True Range (ATR)

Third Quarter 2011 by CI Staff

A look at J. Welles Wilder’s volatility measurement.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Second Quarter 2011 by CI Staff

Identifying overbought and oversold conditions with a momentum indicator widely used by traders and short-term investors.

The Accumulation/Distribution Line

First Quarter 2011 by CI Staff

Using the accumulation/distribution line to assess the trend in buying and selling pressure for a security.