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  • On Composite Sentiment by James P. Martin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...On Composite Sentiment by James P. Martin Despite all the powerful technical tools available, even the savviest technicians are susceptible to emotion and on occasion succumb to psychological influences that prevent them from taking appropriate action, thus losing out on opportunity. Nevertheless, James Martin writes, how the market reacts is a fascinating subject. He continues his quest for more quantifiable measures for sentiment indicators. In my first article in the June 1990 STOCKS & COMMODITIES, I showed a refinement of traditional call/put ratios that greatly enhanced their reliabilit...

  • Updating Option Ratios With Market Sentiment by James P. Martin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Updating Option Ratios With Market Sentiment by James P. Martin Is it true that market sentiment indicators no longer work? That's the word from many traders and market timing advisors in the past several months. They say that so many ""pseudo contrarians"" now follow call/put ratios, advisory sentiment surveys, public short selling activity, and so on, that traders are no longer sure whether to bet against the consensus of the public or the consensus of pseudo contrarians. They may think they are going against the herd, when in fact they are part of it! Many traders are indeed feeling frust...

  • Options ratios for sentiment by James P. Martin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Options ratios for sentiment by James P. Martin As options activity on equity indices and commodity futures has soared in the past few years, more and more market analysts have relied on options ratios as indicators of market sentiment and contrary opinion. Until recently most analysts looked only at the volume of calls and puts. Here we go a step further, examining the simultaneous changes in options volume and open interest. By studying these changes, we may look deeper into options players' true directional biases. Before discussing the significance of analyzing option open interest with ...

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