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June 14, 2011

Market Internals 001 – Introduction

Market Internals are similar to the instrument cluster on your car, without them you really do not know the condition of the market or how fast you are moving.

The 4 Core Market Internals:

Each indicator has a separate reading for the NYSE and NASDAQ, but our primary focus will be on the NYSE.

You can setup your trading screen to neatly display all four market internals in chart form, or insert a bit of code to display them in numeric form.

Market Internals Chart

The above is an example of my market internals grid setup. I use thinkorswim® for my charts (now powered by TDAmeritrade). Click here to open an account.

I got the idea for this Market Internals chart setup from Peter Reznicek (aka. Shadowtrader). Here is a breakdown of the chart symbols for Thinkorswim. I put together a 45-minute Market Internals Webinar which goes into more detail on applying market internals and walks through trades on the ES and YM.

NYSE Symbols:

  • Breadth Ratio $UVOL – $DVOL (or $VOLD)
  • AD Line $ADVN – $DECN (or $ADD)
  • Trin $TRIN
  • Tick $TICK

For the NASDAQ we add a /Q to the end of each symbol:

  • Breadth $UVOL/Q – $DVOL/Q
  • AD Line $ADVN/Q – $DECN/Q
  • Trin $TRIN/Q
  • Tick $TICK/Q

Visit EminiMind on YouTube for live videos using market internals.

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About Tim Racette
Tim Racette is a day trader of 15+ years in the E-mini futures and swing trader of stocks. Mountain biker, lover of the outdoors, and explorer. Tim is an ASU Sun Devil and a Chicagoland Native now living in sunny Scottsdale, AZ.
  1. hi tim. in his book mastering the trade. john carter. refers to checking the volume on 5min bars and if there is 10k or mroe contracts per bar then the market has power to go thro pivots and fib support or resistence… how does this still work today in terms of volume. i mean since 2005 its been 6 years . is 5k still a lot like in his days or things changed??? also what can you add about pivots fib support and resistance. thanks

    • The volume thing is something I actually disregarded from his book. I didn’t find it very applicable at all. The Trin however is very reliable on a daily time frame. As for pivot points and fib support, they both work great, but I would pick one or trade them as two separate strategies. I like fibs myself, buying pullbacks at 50% lines with support or selling 50% lines at resistance.

  2. since the volume is disregarded. when it comes to pivots and fib like you use. how do you determine if your believe its going to break thro support or rebounce back. at what point do you determine your wrong??

    • I look to the larger time frame to identify the trend and the smaller time frame to enter into the trend. For instance I would look at a daily chart of the ES to identify the trend, then enter on the 15-min at a 50% level. I talk about all my rules and setups in my trading rules guide. As for determining when I’m wrong, I use a 6 tick stop on the E-mini S&P (ES) and a 8 pip stop on the Euro (6E).

  3. Choosing Porsche to represent your dashboard was/is a brilliant idear. Good job.

  4. Do you still use the above set-up today?

  5. Tim, Can you please send the template that you use to display this in ThinkorSwim.


  6. Tim can you also send me that template that you use for TOS also? Thank you.

  7. Do you still use a 6 tick stop for the ES?

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