Volume balance is a reliable indicator

Published 2 May 2019

A research report from Investtech based on 12 years of data from the National Stock Exchange in India shows that stocks with high volume balance have continued to rise and stocks with low volume balance have given significant negative excess return compared to benchmark. 

Volume balance is the correlation between price change and volume. The indicator is calculated for 5, 22 and 66 days, corresponding to a week, a month and a quarter respectively.

The indicator has values between –100 for maximally negative and +100 for maximally positive. The exact values are shown in the table in Investtech's chart pages, and visualized by arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the charts. Green arrows pointing upwards show that volume balance is positive and red arrows pointing downwards show that volume balance is negative. Yellow sideways arrows show neutral volume balance.

High volume on increasing prices indicates that optimism is increasing and many investors pay more to secure stocks. Low volume on falling prices indicates that few investors will reduce the price to secure a sell and that they are comfortable keeping the stock. This is positive, and mirrored in a high volume balance.

The green columns show volume on days with increasing prices, while the red show volume on days with falling prices. High green columns and low red ones give positive volume balance. This chart above is copied from Investtech's subscription service.

We have studied what happened in the 42,186 cases where the 22 day volume balance, volbal22, went above the 40 limit, defined as a buy signal, and the 7,594 cases where volbal22 fell below the -40 limit, defined as a sell signal.

The figure above shows price development in the first 66 days after volume balance signals vs average benchmark development for the whole period. The blue line is buy signals, the red line is sell signals and the black line is benchmark.

The table below shows annualized excess return following volbal22 signals. The figures are based on the quarterly figures, i.e. excess return 66 days (3 months) after the signal was triggered.

Annualized excess return
Buy signal volbal22 goes above 40 0,3 %p
Sell signal volbal22 falls below -40 -8,3 %p

%p: percentage points

The results show that stocks with negative volume balance have fallen over time. Statistically they continue to underperform vs benchmark. High volume balance in Investtech's charts is positive, but should be accompanied by signals from other indicators like rising trend or high momentum in order to indicate good excess return.

Investtech offers a number of stock picking tools, and using Stock selection you can set criteria for volume balance, allowing you to find for instance all stocks with volbal22 above 40. You can also set criteria for liquidity and volatility.

Please find more research results and details in the complete research report here.

 

Investtech's subscribers can see which stocks have positive or negative volume balance, as well as a range of other buy signals. A 14 day free trial is available.

 

Keywords: Buy signal,NSE,RSI,RSI-momentum,Sell signal,statistics.

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Using the tool Stock selection you can set criteria for volbal22, allowing you to screen all stocks with volbal22 above 40 and liquidity of your choice.

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Investeringsanbefalinge(r)n(e) er udarbejdet af Investtech.com AS ("Investtech"). Investtech garanterer ikke for fuldstændigheden eller rigtigheden af analysen. Eventuel eksponering i forhold til de råd / signaler, som fremkommer i analyserne, står helt og holdent for investors regning og risiko. Investtech er hverken direkte eller indirekte ansvarlig for tab, der opstår som følge af brug af Investtechs analyser. Oplysninger om eventuelle interessekonflikter vil altid fremgå af investeringsanbefalingen. Yderligere information om Investtechs analyser findes på infosiden.

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