Trading Volume Indicator Used to Improve Odds For Day Trading and Swing Trading


Trading Volume Indicator

A trading volume indicator can dramatically improve your profitability, and the use of a volume indicator can make the analysis easier than reading the pure volume histogram at the bottom of the chart.

There are 3 things that are absolutes on a chart:

  1. Price
  2. Volume
  3. Time

Most of the other elements traders put on charts are calculations based on one or more of these absolute values and we call them “indicators.”

Trading volume, like price and time, is not an indicator.

However using a volume indicator can be helpful in trading in that it can help us “see” the meaning behind price and/or volume more easily.

In the video below, I present a couple basic principles of how to read pure price and volume, and then go on to show how using a volume indicator can enhance your insight into what trading volume is telling you about potential future movements in the market.



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  9. Nice video Barry – I use volume quite a bit in my own trading. I like to look at the percentage of a stock’s average volume it’s doing at any particular moment of time to get a feel for when there may be some institutional activity going on.

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  11. A good video on OBV. I have to agree with the comment Julie posted….see below. I have yet to find the answer to this question and would be interested in your reply.

    Julie M

    # JULIE Says:

    November 1st, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    An excellent video and very simply explained. In the past I used OBV but could not understand why the charting software I was using would often show a negative OBV reading. I would really appreciate it if you could explain this to me.

    Warmest regards Julie

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  13. thanks Barry

    fine information and well explained, though I am looking for the Mathematical formula for drawing the Volumen indicator viewed below at the chart, and I’m interesting in knowing which of the “well known” indicators e.g. MACD as had integrated this Volumen indicator.
    kind regards

  14. Good job with introducing volume analysis to folks Barry. Many volume indicators (like OBV) can be evaluated like price, in that trend lines, support & resistance levels can be drawn.
    Many times (as barry pointed out) volume will lead price. I like to use volume as a confirming indcator to price; this improves my “batting average”.
    Another indicator to study is the Chalkin Money Flow (20 day). This indicates money flowing into & out of a stock over that period. great for tracking instutitional activity.
    Cheers & Good Trading. … Tom …

  15. An excellent video and very simply explained. In the past I used OBV but could not understand why the charting software I was using would often show a negative OBV reading. I would really appreciate it if you could explain this to me.

    Warmest regards Julie

  16. As always your video and material is easy to understand, and also entertaining. Rising volume and rising prices in a start of a trend is significant. But to every buyer there is a seller, so if you say there is a lot of buyers, there is also a lot of sellers. What is your explaination for that?

  17. A good explanation but it raises the question. How can one look at the future based on volume although the accumulation is evident now but what about tomorrow? We cannot see tomorrow now! All technical trading is based on what has happened and it is very difficult to forecast based on the past. I agree trends are best followed but when a crash comes about it is usually not easy to see it coming in advance unless one looks at the news. BP is a good example. I always short disasterous news with much better results than from the graphs.



  18. Hi Barry, I enjoyed the video learning all the time from people like you. Just wish I could make a regular income trading. will keep trying though as I think I’m getting better at it.
    Cheers Ed.

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  20. I had given up on using volume until this post. As always your explanation is clear and concise. I now use OBV with a moving average signal line. What a great indicator. This is the missing link to an otherwise good strategy. Thank you very much.

  21. This is a very nice explanation on the volume issue as we day trade. Many times we see price movement with very little expansion of volume, supporting the move up or down. It’s a mystery. But very well explained in this short video.
    Many traders simply overvalue price movement, but there are valuable clues with volume, especially when you’re hesitant to pull the trigger. Believe it and you’ll see it.

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