Technical Market Indicators: An Overview

Jiali Fang, Yafeng Qin, Ben Jacobsen

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Current evidence on the predictability of technical analysis largely concentrates on price-based technical indicators such as moving averages rules and trading range breakout rules. In contrast, the predictability of widely used technical market indicators such as advance/decline lines, volatility indices, and short-term trading indices has drawn limited attention. Although some market indicators have also become popular sentiment proxies in the behavioral finance field to predict returns, the results generally rely on using just one or a few indicators at a time. This approach raises the risk of data snooping, since so many proxies are proposed. We review and examine the profitability of a wide range of 93 market indicators. We give these technical market indicators the benefit of the doubt, but even then we find little evidence that they predict stock market returns. This conclusion continuously holds even if we allow predictability to be state dependent on business cycles or sentiment regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-56
JournalJournal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance
Early online date4 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • technical analysis
  • market indicators
  • sentiment indicators
  • asset pricing
  • G10
  • G12


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