Can you please outline the color coding rationale for the daily performance chart. I am confused on why some down days are red and the others are yellow..etc - A Reader

We track daily movements in U.S. stocks and bonds (specifically S&P Index futures and Long Bond futures).

The colors are based on the performance of both markets:

Red days: both stocks and bonds down.

Green days: both stocks and bonds up.

Yellow: stocks up, bonds down.

Blue (technically azure): stocks down, bonds up. 

The bond futures movements are expressed in points and thirty-seconds of a point. For example 1.25 actually means 1' 25" i.e. 1+25/32. The S&P futures changes are in points.The abbreviation USB stands for US Bonds (the actual futures symbol is US on Bloomberg, ZB on some other systems).

(Original post dated June 25, 2011. Edited January 14, 2016)





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  1. alex on January 14, 2016 6:50 am

    thank you so much for replying quickly and enlightening me.

    have a great day.


  2. Anonymous on January 14, 2016 2:33 pm

    I suspect it would be profitable to never look at a price chart after spending seven years doing it and using what one does know. Test what work and every morning and afternoon run the number and execute. Never look at the ticks, signal to noise ratio is too high, and we’re too slow and emotional as humans

  3. Harris on January 14, 2016 6:08 pm

    hello dear all.
    please could you explain what is the logic behid the ratios of stocks and bonds colors. and how it is used in speculation.It will do a lot for me.

  4. Patrick Raab on January 15, 2016 4:44 pm

    Harris, I’m feeling blue today…. How are you? What are your secrets?

  5. Harris on January 15, 2016 6:30 pm

    :) what are you looking for here( blue feeling man)


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