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DB's site is a good place to start building TA understanding.

http://home.talkcity.com//MoneySt/dbphoenix/DbsBurrow2.htm

From "whats a chart section"
But beyond all this, a chart is a visual representation of buying and selling behavior on the part of investors, not just a tally, and this behavior creates patterns. Thus if you approach this from the viewpoint of psychology and sociology rather than cut-and-dried mathematical models, you'll have a leg up. These patterns do not exist in nature. They are created by the buying and selling dynamic.

Begin by thinking of the market as a giant bazaar. Lots of buyers and sellers, all excitedly negotiating prices until they cramp. If a lot of people are crowded around a particular merchant's stall, he can demand premiums for his goods. If another merchant is getting little or no traffic, he must lower his prices in order to unload his stock. If he's able to manufacture a demand, he can then raise them again. Either that or use whatever demand he creates to unload whatever crap he's selling and move on to something else.


From "Demand & Supply"

All technical indicators are based on price and/or volume behavior, usually both. One might surmise, therefore, that to get at the root of all this, one should study the relationship of price and volume in addition to the proper use of technical indicators. Maybe instead of technical indicators. But you wouldn't be going far enough. Price and volume behavior are further dependent on the relationship between supply and demand. Therefore, in order to make consistently profitable trades/investments over the long haul (perhaps even the short haul), it is absolutely essential that you understand how the relationship between supply and demand affects what happens to your stock. Using technical indicators as a shortcut through this landscape is like trying to drive a car without first understanding the functions of the steering wheel, the brake pedal, and the accelerator.

JR





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