Indices, like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, do not have a trading volume, per se, mainly because they are measures of a group of stocks, and not an actual asset themselves. Derivatives of indices can be assets, and these can have volume, such as you see with ETFs, mutual funds, and binary options that rely on the price of an index for their worth, but the index itself cannot have a volume. This can make it hard for index traders to gauge momentum when it comes to an asset’s changing value, but luckily, there are ways to get an accurate idea of where things are headed without this concrete number.
We bring this up because right now, there is a ton of focus on the Dow. Almost every trading day in 2016, the Dow has started out with plummeting prices, only to try and drag itself out of the hole it has fallen in later in the day. [Read more…]