Stocks & Commodities V. 27:01 (28-35): Identifying And Timing With The Special K, Part 2 by Martin J. Pring
In part 1, you were introduced to the Special K indicator and its application on the weekly and daily charts. In part 2, we will show you how Special K can be used to identify major trend reversals and for timing pro trend short-term moves.
I mentioned in part 1, my favorite method of displaying the Special K uses a calculation (see sidebar) based on daily data and exclusively incorporating simple moving averages like that displayed in Figure 1. As you can see from this chart, the movements in the daily Kst and the Special K are similar. The daily Kst shows overbought and oversold conditions, which are not apparent from the summed cyclicality of the Special K.
Let’s see how the Special K can be used to identify major trend reversals and to time pro trend short-term moves.
IDENTIFYING MAJOR TREND REVERSALS EARLY
The following techniques will help better time primary trend reversals:
1.Observing trendline breaks, such as that in late 2006 in Figure 1.
2.Identifying a reversal in a series of rising or falling peaks and troughs. For example, the end of the bull market in November 2007 was signaled this way.
3.Observing the crossovers of the Special K’s smoothing. In this case, I typically use a 100-day smoothing of a 100-day simple moving average, as shown in Figure 1. The series of declining peaks and troughs was still in force in mid-September 2008 as this article was written. Note that the 100/100 smoothing is not offered as the perfect solution but more as a smoothing that appears to work fairly consistently. In Figure 1, the green and red arrows show two such crossovers.