Strategic Buy and Sell Indicators for Traders

Successful traders rely on proven indicators to make trading decisions, and the most powerful among those used as buy and sell indicators.

These tools can help you identify trends, predict market movements, and determine the best entry and exit points for your trades.

Price Action Signals

Price action signals are a type of technical analysis used by traders to identify buying and selling opportunities in stock and other markets. Price action is based on the idea that price movements can be predicted by analyzing past market data.

This data includes things like trading volume, open interest, stock prices buyers and sellers are willing to pay, investor sentiment, etc.

price actionWhen it comes to identifying buy or sell signals from price action, there are several indicators that traders look out for:

  • Support and resistance levels indicate when a stock’s price has reached an area where it will likely pause before continuing its trend.
  • Breakouts occur when the price moves beyond a certain level
  • Trend reversals happen when the current trend changes direction; this could mean a bullish turn after a bearish one or vice versa.

Moving average signals are another important tool for traders, as they help provide insight into current price trends.

When price bases under resistance or above support, this could be a signal for a continuation trade.

Breakouts can be treated as a buy/sell signal using an opening range breakout strategy.

Trend reversals, as in the above example, are sell signals when a higher low is broken by price to the downside.

Key Takeaway: Price action signals are a form of technical analysis used by traders to identify buy and sell opportunities.

Moving Average Signals

Moving averages are one of the most popular technical indicators used by traders to identify buy and sell signals. They can be used to identify trend changes, extended markets, and as signals when price rises above or below an average of X periods.

A short-term moving average crossing over or beneath a longer-term one can be indicative of a change in the existing trend, giving traders a chance to enter new positions.  Traders can look for crossovers of the moving average and then a break of a swing high or low point in price for an entry.

Pullbacks to the moving average after a crossover are also a buy and sell signal.

MOVING AVERAGE CROSSOVERTraders can also look for price to be extended far from the moving average.  Expecting mean reversion to take place after an oversold/overbought condition can also be a trading signal.

PRICE EXTENSIONThe formation of a reversal candlestick or inside bars is a viable approach to enter these types of trades.  The extension of price from an average price is the actual buy and sell signal.  The entry trigger is break of the high or low of the candlestick pattern.

Key Takeaway: Traders use moving averages to identify buy and sell signals such as crossovers, extension, and also for reversals of trends

Stochastics Signals

Stochastics signals are a popular technical indicator used by traders to generate buy and sell signals. They measure the momentum of price movements, with overbought/oversold levels providing entry points for buying or selling.

A divergence between price and the stochastic indicator can also be used as an indication that the trend is about to reverse direction.

The Stochastic Oscillator works by comparing a security’s closing price to its range over a given period of time. This oscillator fluctuates between 0 and 100, with readings above 80 indicating an overbought market and readings below 20 indicating an oversold market. When the oscillator moves from one extreme to another, it generates a buy or sell signal respectively.

For example, if the Stochastic Oscillator moves from below 20 up into the 80s, this would be seen as bullish activity suggesting that prices could move higher in future trading sessions.


When the indicator rises from below 20 (oversold) and price breaks a resistance zone, this could be a buy signal depending how you lay out your trading strategy.

When price tests support, doesn’t gain downside traction and we get a hook of the Stochastics fast line, that could be your buy signals and trigger into a long trade.  The settings used are 8, 3, 3 are are my favorite settings for the indicator.

Some traders will use the indicator for divergence however I prefer using the MACD for that.  Also, divergence is not a buy/sell indicator by itself.  Traders would need to incorporate price action for confirmation that there is a price change occurring.

Key Takeaway: Stochastics signals are a powerful tool for traders to generate buy and sell signals, as they measure momentum of price movements and can be used to detect potential trend reversals.

Day Trading Signals

Day traders seeking to capitalize on fast price changes often turn to short-term strategies. It is essential to spot signs that may show when the market could be ready to move up or down in order to achieve success with day trading.

Technical indicators are one of the most commonly used tools by day traders to generate buy and sell signals.

Price Crossovers:

One of the simplest ways to determine whether an asset is likely headed up or down is through crossovers. A crossover occurs when two moving averages—typically a shorter-term average (such as 5 periods) crosses over a longer-term average (like 20 periods). When the shorter-term average crosses over the longer-term one, it can suggest a shift in momentum from bearish to bullish (or vice versa).

For example, if the 5 period moving average line rises above the 20 period line, then it could be interpreted as a buy signal; conversely, if it falls below the 20 period line then it could indicate selling pressure and a possible short trade.

Volume Indicators

Another useful tool for day traders are volume indicators which measure how much of an asset’s shares have been traded during any given time frame. High volumes typically indicates increased interest in an asset while low volumes often suggest low interest in buying or selling activity.

When using breakouts as a buy and sell signal, some will argue you need strong volume.  Strong volume, compared to history, is generally confirmed only after the breakout.  Looking for increased volume minute, hours, days after the breakout is a more useful approach.

You will enter the trade and monitor for an increase in trading activity.  While you may take small losses over time, you will be positioned well in advance for the trades that run 10X your initial risk.

Key Takeaway: Crossovers are a simple approach that does require seeing price action reflect the change in the trend direction.  Higher volume and strong bullish/bearish candlesticks should be looked for.

Swing Trading Signals

Trendlines are one of the most popular swing trading signals used by traders. Trendlines are created when two or more highs or lows form a line on a chart that suggests an uptrend or downtrend is developing. When prices break above or below these trendlines, it may signal that the current trend is coming to an end and it’s time to enter into a trade position in the direction of the breakout.

TREND LINEMoving average crossovers are not just for day traders.  Swing traders using crossovers as a signal with supporting price action is a popular approach.

Stochastics oscillators as discussed earlier, can provide a wealth of knowledge to swing traders looking for high-reward, short-term trades. Using the oversold/overbought readings as signs to look for price reversals, is viable.  Traders may use trend line breaks in combination with oversold/overbought to increase the odds of success.

Swing traders may also decide to day trade around their position.  Taking short term moves even against the overall direction of the swing trade, can add up to a good income while holding on for bigger swing gains.

Key Takeaway: Swing traders can capitalize on price movements and momentum shifts by utilizing technical analysis tools like trendlines, moving average crossovers, and stochastic oscillators. For those looking for even quicker profits, day trading strategies can be used to trade around longer term positions.


Which is the best indicator for buy and sell?

The best indicator for buy and sell decisions in the stock and other markets is a combination of technical analysis indicators. These include moving averages, trend lines, volume analysis, oscillators such as RSI or Stochastics, candlestick patterns such as inside bars or hammer bottoms/tops to identify reversals.

What trading indicator tells you when to buy and sell?

Traders may employ a range of indicators to decide when to purchase or sell. We covered the more popular ones however any buy and sell signal should have other supporting factors.  Consider using support and resistance along with price action to confirm the signals.

What trading indicators do traders use the most?

Traders typically use a variety of indicators to make decisions in the stock, options and dividend markets. The most commonly used indicators are Moving Averages, Relative Strength Index (RSI), Bollinger Bands, On Balance Volume (OBV), Average Directional Movement Index (ADX) and Stochastics.

These technical analysis tools help traders identify trends and measure momentum as well as potential entry or exit points for trades.

1. Technical Indicators

These indicators are based on past price and volume data, such as moving averages, relative strength index (RSI), stochastics, and Bollinger Bands. They provide insight into the current trend of a security or market.

2. Fundamental Indicators

These indicators focus on economic factors that can influence prices in the future, such as earnings reports and expected growth for stocks or other.  Traders may also consider economic data for a complete picture before they trade.

3. Sentiment Indicators

These indicators measure investor sentiment by tracking things like social media activity and options data to gauge how bullish or bearish traders feel about an asset class.

4 Momentum Indicators:

These track changes in momentum over time with measures such as average true range (ATR) and Rate-of-Change (ROC). They help identify when trends are starting to form so traders can enter positions before it’s too late


The key to successful trading is understanding the buy and sell indicators for traders. By combining price action signals, moving average signals, and stochastics signals,  you can gain a better understanding of when it’s time to buy or sell. With this expertise, one can make sound decisions that will result in rewarding trades over time.


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Author: CoachShane
Shane his trading journey in 2005, became a Netpicks customer in 2008 needing structure in his trading approach. His focus is on the technical side of trading filtering in a macro overview and credits a handful of traders that have heavily influenced his relaxed approach to trading. Shane started day trading Forex but has since transitioned to a swing/position focus in most markets including commodities and futures. This has allowed less time in front of the computer without an adverse affect on returns.