Indicators on Indicators: The Next Step in Analysis

Traders and analysts have been developing market indicators for decades. Many of these indicators are simply measuring the same idea in only a slightly different way since most indicators are based on the same limited amount of market information. For any given time frame, there are only four price data points – the open, close, … Read more

Absolute Price Oscillator (APO)

An indicator based on the difference between two exponential moving averages, expressed in absolute terms. Also known as the MACD indicator, the APO is calculated by subtracting the longer exponential moving average from the shorter exponential moving average. See also: Price Oscillator (PO), Percentage Price Oscillator (PPO).

Standard Deviation Channel

The Standard Deviation Channel consists of two parallel lines on either side of the Linear Regression Trendline. The lines are spaced x number of standard deviations above and below the Linear Regression Trendline. Chart courtesy of Prophet Financial Systems (

Williams Accumulation Distribution

Developed by Larry Williams, the Williams’ Accumulation/ Distribution indicator aims to reflect whether the market is controlled by buyers (accumulation) or by sellers (distribution). Prices making a new low along with the A/D indicator failing to reach a new low suggests that accumulation is taking place and creates a buy signal. Prices making a new … Read more