How to Find Stocks Poised for Momentum Runs
Balance of Power is an extremely rare and unique indicator. Its origins come from the professional side of the market. It is designed to separate out larger lot activity from smaller lot activity. This kind of volume aka quantity analysis on the tick by tick scale, is not available on the retail side in any of the popular indicators most Retail Traders learn to use.
Being able to detect easily whether the larger lots are selling or buying a stock, versus the smaller lots buying or selling, is a key element for finding excellent momentum action BEFORE it happens. Sure most Retail Traders wait for a MACD crossover signal, but by then the run has been underway for a day to a few days and all that extra profit is lost.
When markets have low volatility, using the Balance of Power indicator is the only way to find the Dark Pool Quiet Accumulation patterns that precede momentum action. Professional Traders can detect the liquidity draw as the Dark Pools buy or sell large quantities of shares while hidden in off-exchange trading venues.
Once a stock has gapped often hugely, the gains of that momentum run are limited at best. Entering before a huge gap should be the goal. Balance of Power provides the data needed to let you know when a stock is poised for momentum action.
How the Balance of Power Indicator Works
Balance of Power is not your everyday indicator. Most indicator formulas are simple and take less space than the length of this sentence. Balance of Power is 3.5 pages of formula and is highly complex in the way it distinguishes larger lots from smaller lots. When there are more of the larger lots than smaller lots, the Balance of Power shifts to that side, up or down. For instance, more demand on the buy side creates a liquidity draw on the Bid, causing prices to rise as demand is much higher due to larger lots buying. Price then moves up.
Now with complex automated and bracketed order types used by Professional Traders in Dark Pools, price is controlled while they are buying. This means price is not yet moving even while larger lots are increasing the demand side of the transaction. This builds up energy and momentum before the stock price moves. Identifying this accumulation is impossible with MACD, which is a price moving average indicator. MACD can’t turn up UNTIL price moves up above the moving average.
Martha Stokes CMT
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