A hypothetical trade that does not involve any monetary transactions. Paper trading is a risk-free way to learn the ropes of the market.
An indicator that sets trailing price stops for long or short positions. Also referred to as the “stop-and-reversal indicator,” Parabolic SAR is more popular for setting stops than for establishing direction or trend. If the trend is up, buy when the indicator moves below the price. If the trend is down, sell when the indicator moves above the price. See our ChartSchool article on Parabolic SAR.
A continuation chart pattern that is similar to the flag, except that it is more horizontal and resembles a small symmetrical triangle. Like the flag, the pennant usually lasts from one to three weeks and is typically followed by a resumption of the prior trend. See our ChartSchool article on Flag, Pennant (Continuation).
A stock that usually sells for less than $1 per share, though the price may rise because of significant promotion. Penny stocks are very speculative and risky due to their lack of available information and poor liquidity.
A measure of stock market bullish sentiment that is published weekly by Investor's Intelligence. When only 35% of professionals are bullish, the market is considered oversold. A reading of 55% is considered to be overbought.
An indicator based on the difference between two moving averages expressed as a percentage. The PPO is found by subtracting the longer moving average from the shorter moving average and then dividing the difference by the longer moving average. See our ChartSchool article on Percentage Price Oscillator (PPO).
The percentage difference between two moving averages of volume expressed as a percentage. The PVO is found by subtracting the longer volume moving average from the shorter volume moving average and then dividing the difference by the longer moving average. See our ChartSchool article on Percentage Volume Oscillator (PVO).
The Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Even though the PHLX was taken over by the Nasdaq, the Nasdaq website still shows a separate listing for the PHLX with over 2600 index, equity and sector-index options traded every day.
A bullish two-day reversal pattern. The first day, in a downtrend, is a long black day. The next day opens at a new low, then closes above the midpoint of the body of the first day.
A support or resistance level is sometimes described as a pivot point. When price drops down to reach a support level, it typically pivots higher; similarly, when price comes up to a resistance level it generally pivots lower. When price actually breaks through at the pivot point instead of pivoting, this suggests further movement in that direction. See our ChartSchool article on Support and Resistance.
Originally used by floor traders, Pivot Points use the prior period's high, low, and close to estimate future support and resistance levels. Adding a Pivot Points overlay to the chart allows analysts to easily see when price action moves above or below these potential support and resistance levels. See our ChartSchool article on Pivot Points.
Initiated when a column of X's goes higher than the previous column of X's. The signal remains in effect until a P&F Sell Signal occurs. This very simple pattern is used to calculate the various Bullish Percent Indexes.
A type of chart consisting of columns of X's (showing price rises) and O's (showing price falls) arranged on a square grid. When the index increases, a rising column of black X's is created – a rally. When the index falls, a descending column of red O's appears – a decline. See our ChartSchool article on Point & Figure Charts.
The price that a stock should reach based on recent P&F chart signals. See Price Objective below.
Initiated when a column of O's goes lower than the previous column of O's. The signal remains in effect until a P&F Buy Signal occurs.
A style of trading characterized by holding open positions for an extended period of time. Contrast this with day trading, where a trader buys, then sells out of a position before the market closes that day.
When the ADX Indicator is selected, SharpCharts plots the Positive Directional Indicator (+DI), Negative Directional Indicator (-DI) and Average Directional Index (ADX). With the black, green and red color scheme on SharpCharts, +DI is the green line that measures the force of the up moves. The default setting is 14 periods.
Developed by Andrew Cardwell, a positive reversal occurs when RSI forms a lower low and the security forms a higher low. It is a backward bullish divergence. See our ChartSchool article on Relative Strength Index (RSI).
The Precious Metals Commodities Index ($GPX) charted by StockCharts.com is published by Goldman Sachs. Gold, platinum and silver are the listed metals. Chart $GPX in GalleryView.
A four-year cycle that shows the last two years of a President's term outperforming the first two years.
See Volume by Price.
Similar to Bollinger Bands, price channels form boundaries above and below the price line and can be used as indicators of volatility. Price channels are created by specifying a number of periods that will chart an n-period high or low around the price line. See our ChartSchool article on Price Channels.
A proprietary indicator created by Carl Swenlin and featured on the StockCharts.com website. See our ChartSchool article on the the PMO indicator.
Very simple calculations based on standard Point & Figure chart patterns. They are of questionable value, but are available them on our charts because they have been used for such a long time. StockCharts.com makes no claim about their accuracy or usefulness whatsoever. For more on how they are calculated, see our ChartSchool article on Point and Figure Price Objectives.
An indicator based on the difference between two moving averages. The Percentage Price Oscillator (PPO) expresses the difference in percentage terms, while the Absolute Price Oscillator (APO) expresses the difference in absolute terms. See our ChartSchool article on Price Oscillators.
Patterns that appear on price charts possessing predictive values. Patterns are divided into reversal and continuation patterns. See our ChartSchool articles on Chart Patterns.
An indicator that compares the performance of one security against that of another by plotting the two as a ratio. For example, Google can be compared to the S&P 500 with a ratio of the prices (Google/S&P 500). Google is outperforming when the ratio rises and underperforming when the ratio falls. See our ChartSchool article on Price Relative.
The P/E ratio is figured by dividing the price of a stock by the company earnings per share. For example, a stock selling at $50, with earnings at $5 per share for the previous year, has a P/E ratio of 10 (50/5 = 10). This value is also called the multiple.
A security or index whose correlation with another security or index is so strong that it is used as a substitute for the other. For example, General Electric has a very high correlation to the performance of the S&P 500. As GE goes, so goes the S&P 500. Therefore, GE can be used as a proxy for the S&P 500.
The right to sell a stock or commodity future at a given price before a given date. The owner of the put option is speculating that the price of the stock will go down and is therefore bearish.
Based on CBOE statistics (http://www.cboe.com/), the Put/Call Ratio equals the total number of puts divided by the total number of calls. When more puts are traded than calls, the ratio will exceed 1. As an indicator, the Put/Call Ratio is used to measure market sentiment. When the ratio gets too low, it indicates that call volume is high relative to put volume and the market may be overly bullish or complacent. When the ratio gets too high, it indicates that put volume is high relative to call volume and the market may be overly bearish or in panic. StockCharts.com charts the Put/Call ratio under the symbol $CPC.