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A technical analyst believes that prices move in predictable patterns, or trends. By studying historical trends and patterns, the technical analyst can make predictions about how a stock, bond, futures contract or index will move. A fundamental analyst concentrates on the economics behind a move in the market, while the technical analyst studies the market movement itself.

A basic tool of the technical analyst is the bar or point-and-figure chart, which is why a technical analyst is sometimes also called a "chartist." In addition to charts, the technical analyst might also use moving averages, volume and open interest, oscillators, Japanese candlesticks, Elliott Wave Theory, cycle analysis, or other market indicators to predict future market movement. Using these techniques, the technical analyst studies either an individual market or the interrelationship between financial markets.

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