Wyckoff Power Charting

Bruce Fraser
About the author: , an industry-leading "Wyckoffian", began teaching graduate-level courses at Golden Gate University (GGU) in 1987. Working closely with the late Dr. Henry "Hank" Pruden, Bruce developed curriculum for and taught many courses in GGU's Technical Market Analysis Graduate Certificate Program, including Technical Analysis of Securities, Business Cycle Analysis and the Wyckoff Method. For nearly three decades, he co-taught Wyckoff Method courses with Dr. Pruden, and has also used this approach to the markets as the foundation of his own trading for over 35 years. Learn More

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Does This Market Have Bad Breadth?

by Bruce Fraser

The percentage of stocks above their 200 day moving average (200dma) is a breadth indicator that I have depended on for many years. It theoretically oscillates from zero to 100 percent. During bull markets this oscillator spends most of its time between 40% and 85%. During bear markets between 60% and 5%.  We chartists pay close attention to the position of our stocks to the 200dma. I seek stocks that are above their rising 200dma. This is a useful definition of an uptrend in force. When the inevitable correction arrives, we will look for the stock price to return to the 200dma and Read More 

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A Wyckoff Week

by Bruce Fraser

Two events happened this week that captured the attention of Wall Street. There was much buzz about both and they seem to be related. On Tuesday the stock market took a big tumble, with the Dow Jones Industrials falling 424 points. The next day the Ten-Year US Treasury Yield ($TNX) touched 3.035% (topping the 3% threshold for the first time since late 2013 when it reached 3.036%). Together, these noteworthy events solidified investor anxiety. We Wyckoffians might be as anxious as the next investor when such headline events pass by. But then we manage those emotions by turning to Read More 

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Jumping the Creek. A Review.

by Bruce Fraser

Let’s review the concept of the ‘Creek’. This is a nuanced Wyckoff principle, but once understood, it becomes a very powerful trading edge. Support and Resistance zones are typically understood to exert their influence at linear price levels. Horizontal lines are drawn on charts to represent these important levels. Wyckoffians employ Support and Resistance zones in chart analysis with fervor. To read more on the concept of ‘Jumping the Creek’ click here. In the area of Accumulation and Reaccumulation the forces of Supply and Demand are competing with each other Read More 

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Win the Race with Relative Strength

by Bruce Fraser

Fellow Wyckoffian, Dan, emailed a very good question this week. Dan is seeing the energy stocks move up and he observes that being a cyclical industry, these stocks typically move in unison. Dan is observing that some of the stocks are completing Accumulation phases while others are already in uptrends. He asks how to select the likely best performers among these stocks. The Wyckoff Method offers excellent techniques for identifying the best stocks in the best groups. Stockcharts.com has given us great tools for modernizing these concepts. In addition to trendline analysis and Point Read More 

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S&P 500. Zooming In.

by Bruce Fraser

Wyckoff Method tools can be used in multiple time frames. We can often gain clarity by evaluating larger or smaller chunks of time. We recently studied the daily bars of the S&P 500 as it approached important Support. So far, this Support has been respected. Let’s review this chart first published on March 26th(click here for a link) and then zoom down into a smaller view and see if anything is revealed.                                    (click Read More 

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Detect Rotation with PnF Charts

by Bruce Fraser

The winds are shifting in the financial markets. Often Point and Figure charts offer a perspective that other chart types might obscure. Point and Figure chart construction is minimalistic. It keeps the important price swings and discards the rest. PnF charting lends itself to techniques for estimating price objectives from the size of the Accumulation or Distribution.  If conditions are in fact shifting in financial markets, horizontal PnF count objectives should reveal these changes.                   Read More 

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S&P 500 Notebook

by Bruce Fraser

I make lots of notes on my charts. As conditions unfold I have a sense for what my thinking was and whether adjustments need to be made in tactics. In the ‘good old days’ stock charts were plotted by hand and notes were jotted onto charts; now we have wonderful annotation tools within stockcharts.com. Briefly let’s take a look at the current, and unfinished business, of the S&P 500 ($SPX).                           (click on chart for active version) Here are my current notes, which are Read More 

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Interest Rates. How High?

by Bruce Fraser

The Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) has indicated their intention to raise interest rates during 2018 and 2019. In fact, US Treasury interest rates have been rising for quite some time. We have been following the movement of bond prices with a Wyckoffian eye during this downtrend of prices (click here and here to review these posts). While the Fed manages the short term end of the yield-curve very closely, they have less influence over the long maturity end of the curve. No one can know how high interest rates will go, but is there a method for estimating the potential for how much they could Read More 

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Combining Wyckoff and Relative Strength to Find Big Trends

by Bruce Fraser

In stock chart analysis the closest thing to X-Ray vision is Relative Strength. Often Relative Strength provides us with early price direction clues. Generally, when Relative Strength (RS) is in a rising trend and price is in a rising trend, this trend will persist. We define a trend as higher highs and higher lows, and above a rising long term moving average. When the trend of price and RS diverge from each other the validity of the price trend comes into question. Let’s look at some examples.                   Read More 

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Divining Distribution

by Bruce Fraser

In last Thursday’s MarketWatchers LIVE (recording available here) we discussed the Wyckoff Distribution concept of the Upthrust After Distribution (UTAD). Distribution and Accumulation adhere to a logical path or sequence of price and volume. During Distribution the Composite Operator (C.O.) has determined the area of price where they intend to initiate the selling of their holdings. This process takes time. Each Phase describes the progression of selling. At the completion of the selling process, the stock is in a weakened state and vulnerable to suddenly falling into the Markdown Phase Read More 

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