Technical analysis is a trading discipline employed to evaluate investments and identify trading opportunities by analyzing statistical trends gathered from trading activity, such as price movement and volume. … Technical analysis can be used on any security with historical trading data. —Investopedia
1. Determine entry and exit points. Studying a stock’s price action, decide on an entry point before you even trade the stock. And decide on an exit point.
2. Use charts to examine history in order to evaluate stock performance. Set a default standard 1 year chart. Use candlesticks in daily increments.
3. Trend – general direction of stock. Identify the general direction of a stock using a 1 year chart. Is it going up or down within this timeframe?
4. Direction – Up, Down, Sideways. Determine the general direction of a stock’s performance.
5. Draw trend lines to determine support and resistance levels. Use the drawing tools to create lines that track lowest lows and highest highs within a chart. This determines if price action falls below support levels or if price action breaks through resistance levels.
6. Breaking through resistance levels = buy signal… if a stock has been under-performing.
7. Falling through support levels = sell signal… if a stock has been overbought or is at record highs.
8. Triangles, Flags, Head and Shoulders, Triple Tops. Learn to recognize the basic patterns in a chart to determine entry points and exit points.
10. Ascending Triangle = breakout to the upside. Could mean the stock price will break through resistance and trend upward.
11. Use moving averages to determing crossover points. Use 20, 50 and 200 simple moving averages in a 1 year chart to determine cross-over and cross-under points between the 20 and 50 SMA. The 20 SMA crossing above the 50 SMA indicates an uptrend. And vice versa. A strong uptrend is indicated by the 20 and 50 SMAs above the 200 SMA.
12. Utilize RSI and ElliotOscillator Indicators. RSI above 70 equals overbought territory. RSI below 40 equals oversold territory. Buy stocks when oversold. ElliotOscillator readings well below zero indicate buy opportunities if it moves back toward zero. Readings above zero indicate positive territory and indicates sell points when at highs.