Essential Technical Analysis: Tools and Techniques to Spot Market Trends / Edition 1

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An Introduction to Technical Analysis from One of the Top Names in the Business

"Essential Technical Analysis is a highly valued resource for technical traders. The importance of comprehensive and well-researched market behaviors, indicators, and systems were well expressed graphically with many examples. No technical analyst should be without this book. Stevens’s book could become another classic."
–Suri Duddella, President of siXer.cOm, inc. (Forbes magazine’s "Best of the Web" in Technical Analysis Category)

"Essential Technical Analysis will give the new student of technical analysis a good overview of both classical chart patterns and a myriad of technical indicators, but so will many other texts. What sets this volume apart is that it presents the subject in the context of real-world trading situations, not idealized well-chosen examples. Books on technical analysis, especially those aimed at novices, are typically filled with charts in which the selected patterns are both unambiguous and work perfectly. As Leigh Stevens recognizes and confronts, however, the real world is a far more sloppy place: charts may often contain conflicting indicators, and patterns don’t always work as described. Reading Essential Technical Analysis is like sitting beside a veteran technical analyst and having him describe his methods and market experiences."
–Jack Schwager, author of Market Wizards, Stock Market Wizards, and Schwager on Futures

"Leigh Stevens’s depth of experience, acquired over many years, has generated a deep understanding of, and commitment to, the discipline of technical analysis. He is also one of those rare individuals who have both the ability to convey the essence of his ideas in a wonderfully simple and straightforward way and through the use of personal anecdotes and experiences. There are not many people around who can both walk the walk and talk the talk."
–Tony Plummer, author of Forecasting Financial Markets, Director of Rhombus Research Ltd., and former Director of Hambros Bank Ltd. and Hambros Investment Management PLC

"Leigh Stevens brings his considerable years of experience to this project. He has crafted a real-world book on technical analysis that gives you the benefit of his trials and errors as well as 120 years of observations and market wisdom from Charles Dow to the latest indicators and approaches. Investors who suffered from the bursting of the technology bubble in 1999 and 2000 should read Essential Technical Analysis from cover to cover and learn to apply the lessons to the next market cycle."
–Bruce M. Kamich, CMT, past President of the Market Technicians Association and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Rutgers University and Baruch College

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"...a good introduction to technical analysis. It reads lighter then most tutorials due to the skill of the writer." — Pat Cifaldi, Chartered Market Technician (CMT) TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, The Monthly Newsletter of the Market Technicians Association, Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471152798
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Wiley Trading Series , #125
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,002,760
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LEIGH STEVENS is a respected and well-known technical analyst. After spending years as an analyst at Dow Jones Telerate and PaineWebber, he joined Cantor Fitzgerald as Vice President of Equity Sales and Trading Division. In addition to his other duties, he wrote technical analysis commentary and trading suggestions for the Cantor Morning News Web. Stevens currently writes for his own service. Prior to this, he wrote the popular "Stevens on Technical Analysis" column on where he provided analysis and stock-specific answers to reader questions in his "Mailbag" column.

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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1: Introduction and Rationale to the Technical Approach.

CHAPTER 2: Our Trading or Investing Game Plan.

CHAPTER 3: Charles Dow and the Underlying Principles of Market Behavior.

CHAPTER 4: Price and Volume Basics: Chart Types and Price Scales.

CHAPTER 5: Concepts of Trend and Retracements and Constructing Trendlines.

CHAPTER 6: Recognition and Analysis of Chart Patterns.

CHAPTER 7: Technical Indicators.

CHAPTER 8: Confirmation and Divergence.

CHAPTER 9: Specialized Forms of Analysis and Trading.

CHAPTER 10: Putting It All Together.




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