Market Snapshots: Analyzing the Daily Action

    by Mike Webster

    To sail a boat successfully, you must know which way the wind is blowing.

    To invest successfully, you need to know which way the market is going. And when the market’s direction changes, you must change with it.

    The first two parts of this series on The Markets explained some of the basics of spotting market tops and bottoms (“The Big Picture: How to Decipher What the Market Is Saying,” by William J. O’Neil, April 2004; and “How to Stay on the Right Side of the Market,” by Chris Gessel, July 2004; available in the AAII Journal archives on In this article, we delve deeper into our analysis of general market behavior by discussing market actions you should be examining on a daily basis.

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