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What is GDP and why is it so important?

The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period – you can think of it as the size of the economy. Usually, GDP is expressed as a comparison to the previous quarter or year. For example, if

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bse-bombaystockexchange

Bombay Stock Exchange The Bombay Stock Exchange or BSE as it is most popularly known is the oldest stock exchange in Asia. In terms of listed companies (4, 800 by August 2007), the Bombay Stock Exchange is the biggest in the world. Being located at the Dalal Street in Mumbai, the stock exchange enjoys the benefits of the financial capital of India. The stock exchange

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Profit Trading

Kicker Signals    The Kicker Signal is one of the most powerful Candlestick signals. This is due to the signal having a gap built into it. In some cases the gap is very obvious. In other cases the gap is not always recognized by investors.   As described in Mr. Bigalow’s book “Profitable Candlestick Trading”, the Kicker Signal dramatically illustrates investor sentiment has changed.

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Bottom Trading

An easy-to-see, obvious reversal is the Island Reversal. It provides a dramatic reversal in  that the enthusiasm that sent a price in a particular direction is countered with the same enthusiasm going the other way. In the example of Orbital Sciences Corp. ORB, Figure 29, the up-trend can be easily seen. At the top, after the buying enthusiasm created a long bullish candle, the

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Market Movement

The J-Hook Pattern    The J-Hook Pattern is another example of being alerted when a gap up could occur. The J-Hook Pattern occurs after a trend has had a fairly strong run up. It backs off for a period, most likely profit taking. The stochastics do not get back down to oversold, they start leveling out and curl back up near the 50 area.

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Selling Gaps

Now turn the tables over.  The same enthusiasm demonstrated by a gap to the upside is  just as pertinent for sellers on the downside. A gap down illustrates the desire for investors to get out of a stock very quickly.  Identifying clear Candlestick “sell” signals prepares the investor for potential reversals. The Doji at the top, Dark Clouds, Bearish Engulfing patterns are obvious signals

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Gaps at the Bottom

Figure 5 – Standard Pacific Corp.  Many investors are afraid to buy after a gap up. The rationale being that they don’t like paying up for a stock that may have already moved 3%, 5%, 10% already that day. Witnessing a Candlestick “buy” signal prior to the gap up provides a basis for aggressively buying the stock. If it is at the bottom of

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RSI – Relative Strength Indicator

  RSI – Relative Strength Indicator Developed by J. Welles Wilder and introduced in his book, New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is an extremely popular momentum oscillator. The RSI compares the magnitude of a stock’s recent gains to the magnitude of its recent losses and turns that information into a number that ranges from 0 to 100. It

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Standard Deviations

In this example Microsoft is charted using 20 day Bollinger bands at 2 standard deviations. Contracting bands warn that the market is about to trend: the bands first converge into a narrow neck, followed by a sharp price movement. The first breakout is often a false move, preceding a strong trend in the opposite direction. A contracting range [C] is evident in June 1998:

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Three Bands Encompassing

Again, this indicator consists of three bands encompassing a security’s price action. Defaults are:   1. A simple moving average in the middle, usually 20 days for intermediate investing. 2. An upper band ( 20 day SMA plus 2 standard deviations) 3. A lower band (20 day SMA minus 2 standard deviations)   Standard deviation is a statistical term that provides a good indication of

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