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How To Identify And Take Advantage Of Stock Market Trends

Aug 17, 2007
Many people invest in the stock market and make a lot of money. How do they do it? They have learned how to spot stock market trends. The market is like fish swimming through the ocean, if you watch it long enough and understand its habits you can usually determine what it will do next. The market will send signals about the direction it is heading if you pay attention.

It is important to understand the general trend of the market, what it is doing now will tell us what will happen in the future. The two key ingredients to trend spotting is to the price and volume. When you look at the two together it can give you a picture of the quantities of buyers and sellers in the market. Volume will tell you if there is movement in the market and price will tell you what direction it is moving.

A volume indicator comes from the daily sale volume. If there is a day with high volume and prices it is most likely that mutual funds and institutional investors are buying, that is a sign the market is heading up. But on a day that has high volume and low prices means the big buyers are backing off and the market is down. A wise investor will use this information and some common sense to determine if it is a good time for them to buy or sell.

Some times it is easier to follow the leaders. This means to invest in stocks the big money makers invest in. Or you can play it safe and invest in companies that are known for steady growth. They might give back a big profit but there is more security. This is known as investing in market leaders. That also means you will be betting on a long term investment paying off handsomely in the future. But most investors feel that if there is no great risk there is no great reward.

Many of us have heard of the market being bullish or bearish. When it is a bull market that means there is a prolonged period of time when prices are rising in the market, faster than their historic average. This is also associated with investor confidence, motivating investors to buy with anticipation of future capital gains. And in a bear market it is when the prices are falling. There is certain pessimism in a bear market; investors will sell in anticipation of future losses if they don't.

A secondary trend is a temporary change in price during a primary trend. These can last for weeks and even months. When it is a decrease during a bull market it is called a correction. And when it is an increase during a bear market it is called a bear market rally.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as stock market news at http://www.businessandstocknews.com
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