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Market Indicators

Stock market indicators, the simplest being bull and bear markets, are numbers that investors use to support various investing theories. When certain numbers are rising or falling or high or low, these people believe that there is a clear meaning attached.

I won't discuss the many stock selection theories based on the various market indicators, but there are hundreds of books available to you if you are truly interested. More than one experienced investor has remarked that "trend lines, up/down volume, buying pressure vs. selling pressure, stochastic indicators, over-bought/over-sold indicators, new highs/new lows, put/call volume ratio, and moving averages are mainly a waste of time. They can mislead you and cost you a lot of money".

At the very least, many indicators work some of the time, but none are always correct. They may even point in different directions.

Economic indicators, however, do signal the direction of the economy. The basic economic indicators are employment, money supply, inflation, housing starts, balance of trade, interest rates, and gross domestic product. There are many more specialized ones that experienced investors evaluate.

“I have said many times that explanations of the daily moves of the market are a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, saying nothing. It’s entertainment, people speaking with a high degree of assurance about things in which there is no level of assurance.”

Jack Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group

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