We shall do a Ichimoku study to complement our 'Triple Screen Technical Analysis' of the US markets - Taking the 'weekly' time frame may be experimental but lets look at the facts..
The standard settings for an Ichimoku Kinko Hyo chart are 9,26,52 and are used on EOD charts. When Ichimoku was created back in the 1930s, a trading week was 6 days long. So we have one and a half week, one month, and two months. Now that the trading week is 5 days, we can use 7, 22, and 44 instead.
However, sticking to the standard settings (as the majority still use them) one notices that there is a case for 'End of Week' Charts where each candle is one week's data. There are 52 weeks in a year, 26 weeks form two quarters and 9 weeks equal about 2 months. We have a longer term view - lets check if that works out in the days to come.
One needs to read up on Ichimoku (see our first post here to start off) and use the link below, as I use the same color code. There are many more studies out there, feel free and get a good one.
|DJI 30 - End of Week Chart - 09 March 2012|
A: See the green 'a' and 'A' and the green line. 'a' is the 'Senkou Span Cross'. If the senkou span A (black line) crosses the senkou span B (grey line) from the bottom up, then it is a bullish signal. 26 weeks before the cross - 'A' at the green line shows the relevant candle - as you would have read by now - A neutral senkou span cross signal takes place when the price curve is inside the kumo at the time of the senkou span cross. We have a Neutral Bullish Cross.
B: See the orange 'b' and 'B' and orange line. 'b' is the 'Chikou Span Cross'. If the chikou span (purple line) crosses through the price curve from the bottom up, then it is a bullish signal. A strong chikou span cross Buy signal takes place when a bullish cross takes place and current price is above the kumo. See 'B' and candle at orange line - as the candle is above the 'kumo' we have a Strong Bullish signal.
C: 'C' is a 'Tenkan Sen/Kijun Sen Cross'. A neutral tenkan sen (red line)/kijun sen (blue line) cross Buy signal takes place when a bullish cross happens within the kumo as seen.
D: 'D' is the 'Kumo Breakout'. The signal to go long in Kumo (grey cloud) breakout trading is when price closes above the prevailing kumo - as seen.
Bulls would enjoy the above.
E: The last input - we see that the price took support on the 'Tenkan sen(red line)'. One notes that price breaching the tenkan sen can give an early indication of a trend change .. maybe the Bear will get lucky some time soon.