What Are “Stocks In Play” And How To Find Them? 

August 7, 2023

"Stocks in play" refer to those equities that are experiencing increased trading activity and volatility due to significant news, events, or market trends. These stocks attract heightened attention from investors and traders seeking to capitalize on potential price movements. The reasons for a stock being in play can vary, including positive earnings reports, merger announcements, regulatory approvals, or shifts in industry dynamics. Investors closely monitor such stocks as they may offer potential opportunities for quick profits or heightened risks. However, caution is advised, as trading in “stocks in play” can be speculative and subject to sudden reversals in price direction.  

An indicator many traders use to find Stocks in play is RVOL. RVOL (Relative Volume) trading is a strategy that involves analyzing the trading volume of a stock relative to its average volume over a specified period. It helps traders identify abnormal or significant changes in trading activity and potentially uncover trading opportunities.  

RVOL is calculated by dividing the current trading volume of a stock by its average volume over a specific time frame. This ratio provides a relative measure of volume strength, indicating whether trading activity is higher or lower than usual.  

Traders often use RVOL as a confirmation tool alongside other technical indicators or price patterns. When RVOL is above 1, it suggests that the trading volume is higher than average, indicating increased market interest and potentially signaling a stronger price move. Conversely, an RVOL below 1 indicates lower volume than average, suggesting decreased interest or a lack of conviction in the price action.  

By incorporating RVOL into their analysis, traders can gain insights into the intensity of market participation and potential shifts in supply and demand dynamics. It can help identify periods of increased volatility, breakout opportunities, or trend reversals.  

However, like many trading strategies or indicators, RVOL should be used in conjunction with other tools and analysis to make well-informed trading decisions. It's important to consider other factors such as price patterns, support and resistance levels, and overall market conditions to validate trading signals generated by RVOL.  

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