Understanding The Daily
Stock Index Chart...

A Daily Stock Index chart is often the main indicator many traders and investors use as the gauge by which to buy and sell the various indexes they trade.

Trading a Stock Index instead of individual stocks has many benefits  -

  • You don't have to worry about one any one stock taking a huge dive and with it your entire account balance

  • Indexes tend to have lower volatility that many Stocks, making them easier to trade for some traders

  • It's extremely easy to go short an Index using futures contracts

  • You can use Index futures and options to hedge your Stock portfolio

So, what does a daily Stock
Index Chart look like?

Here are some examples of trends from recent markets to show you what to look for -

This first daily chart is of a run-up in the Dow Jones Index...

Dow Jones daily stock index chart

It wasn't a particularly strong trend, but there was no denying that it was up - higher lows and higher highs. A classic up-trend.

Our next daily Stock Index chart is of the S&P 500...

S&P 500 daily stock index chart

Again, a classic up-trend that continued for many months.

Next we have a daily chart of the Nasdaq Stock Index...

Nasdaq daily stock index chart

This time, we have a consistent down-trend that no doubt resulted in a good profit for anyone short at the time.

And finally, we have a daily chart of the Russell 200 Stock Index...

Russell 2000 daily stock index chart

Another great up-trend. These are by no means strongly trending Stock Indexes, but there were profits to be had by taking a position and riding it as far as possible.

The key question is, how do you know when a Stock Index is going to trend like this and get on board?

What does a high probability trade setup look like?

And what if trading a Stock Index off a daily chart is too big for you or your account balance?

Trading off a shorter timeframe could be the answer.

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