by Arthur A. Merrill
Stocks tend to fly together, rising in bull markets and declining in bear markets. For this reason,
analysts have been searching many years for indicators of the future of the overall stock market.
It isn't easy to find a leader for the market, since the stock market itself is a leading indicator of the future
of business. An indicator of stock prices is an indicator of an indicator, or an indicator of the second
Unlike the research of the alchemists, though, analysts have been successful in finding many stock
indicators. Some of their findings are truly useful; others flare out like a rocket and disappear.
This column will concentrate on indicators, their use and their performance records. Some of the
indicators we plan to cover in this column, and the reasons for using them, are provided in the following
list. If your favorite indicator isn't included here, or if you have some specific questions concerning
indicators, write to me in care of Stocks & Commodities.