Market Indicators

I regularly track various charts, reports and other indicators.  These help inform trading decisions.  This page allows me to cycle quickly through the sources.  I also keep a log of ideas for new indicators to add to my watchlist.

http://ycharts.com/indicators

General list of indicators

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http://ycharts.com/indices/%5EBDIY

5 Year Baltic Dry Index – Barometer for world trade, measuring activity of 23 shipping routes worldwide

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http://ycharts.com/indicators/long_term_mutual_fund_flows_domestic_equity

2 Year Domestic Equity Mutual Funds Flow – Measures net retail participation in mutual funds and is an indicator of retail participation in the stock market

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http://www.thetechnicaltake.com/premium-content/

Daily Sentiment Report – The Technical Take’s daily service is reasonably priced

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http://ycharts.com/companies/IYT

Dow Jones Transportation Average – A key component of Dow Theory, this index indicates US domestic shipment of goods

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http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/copper_historical_large.html

Copper price – “Dr Copper” is an excellent gauge of general economic activity thanks to the vast number of different industrial applications of the metal across many sectors

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http://ycharts.com/indicators/existing_home_sales

2 Year chart US existing home sales

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http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/STLFSI

St Louis Fed Financial Stress Index – won’t be useful predicting a crisis, but is a good gauge of how serious a crisis or how calm financial markets are

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http://www.platinum.matthey.com/prices/monthly-price-reports/

Latest platinum reports

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http://www.ftse.com/objects/csv_to_table.jsp?infoCode=NGUK&theseFilters=&csvAll=&theseColumns=MCwxLDIsMyw0LDU=&theseTitles=&tableTitle=FTSE%20UK%20Index%20Series%20Values&p_encoded=1

Update daily, provides useful headline figures on the main London Stock Exchange indices (FTSE), in particular the current average P/E ratios.

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http://www.cftc.gov/marketreports/commitmentsoftraders/index.htm

The “Commitments of Traders’” reports provide a definitive view of the latest bullish or bearish stance in the market, by measuring the net increase or decrease of short or long positions in a large number of markets.

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http://www.miseryindex.us/

The Misery Index – Tracks US unemployment and inflation; the higher the number the worse is economic performance.

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http://www.gurufocus.com/shiller-PE.php

Shiller P/E Ratio – The Shiller P/E ratio is a smoother P/E ratio for the S&P500 through a 10 year moving average.

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http://www.multpl.com/

The standard S&P500 P/E ratio

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http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/MXWO:IND

12 month MSCI World Index – An index of 6,000 global stocks and serves as an indicator of overall market activity.

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http://www.dailyfx.com/calendar

A superb global economic calendar

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http://talking-forex.com/

An invaluable service during trading days, although can be got free with certain spread betting accounts

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http://www.tradingeconomics.com

An excellent source of global national data

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http://www.multpl.com/s-p-500-earnings-yield

S&P500 Earnings Yield

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