The tick index is a little-known indicator that can be used to indicate short-term stock market reversals
and provide trend confirmation. Short-term traders should consider using the tick index, for though this
indicator does not always tell you a story, it can help alert you to overbought and oversold situations.
little over a year ago, I wrote an article in which I described a buy and sell method using the tick
index on the New York Stock Exchange (N
). The tick index is the difference between the number of
issues trading with the last trade higher (an uptick) from the previous price and the number of issues
trading with the last trade lower (a downtick) from the previous price. For example, if exchange X has
500 issues trading on an uptick and 250 issues trading on a downtick, the tick index would be 500 – 250
To summarize my method of using the tick index, a buy signal is generated when two intraday 600-plus
downtick readings are recorded at approximately the same price level on the Dow Jones Industrial
). These 600-plus downticks should be at least one day apart but not more than 10 days
apart. If the market makes a double bottom and the tick index has reached 600 or more downticks at both
bottoms, then the
reading of 600 or more intraday downticks is a buy signal. For a sell signal, the
reverse is true: When the market is making a double top and the tick index readings on both tops intraday
exceed 600, then the second reading of 600 or more upticks is the sell signal.
The tick index is useful for a host of other market applications. After years of analyzing the tick index as
a market indicator, I have discovered numerous trading rules that are useful in day-to-day trading.
Familiarizing yourself with these rules will help you become more aware of market conditions leading to