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MASS INDEX

Overview

The Mass Index was designed to identify trend reversals by measuring the narrowing and widening of the range between the high and low prices. As this range widens, the Mass Index increases; as the range narrows the Mass Index decreases.

The Mass Index was developed by Donald Dorsey.


Interpretation

According to Mr. Dorsey, the most significant pattern to watch for is a "reversal bulge." A reversal bulge occurs when a 25-period Mass Index rises above 27.0 and subsequently falls below 26.5. A reversal in price is then likely. The overall price trend (i.e., trending or trading range) is unimportant.

A 9-period exponential moving average of prices is often used to determine whether the reversal bulge indicates a buy or sell signal. When the reversal bulge occurs, you should buy if the moving average is trending down (in anticipation of the reversal) and sell if it is trending up.


Example

The following chart shows Litton and its Mass Index.

A 9-day exponential moving average is plotted on top of Litton's prices. I drew arrows when a reversal bulge occurred (i.e., the Mass Index rose above 27 and then fell below 26.5). If the 9-day moving average was falling, I drew a "buy" arrow. If the 9-day moving average was rising, I drew a "sell" arrow.

You can see that the signals generated by the Mass Index during this time period occurred a few days before the trend reversed.


Calculation

To calculate the Mass Index:

  1. Calculate a 9-day exponential moving average ("EMA") of the difference between the high and low prices.

  2. Calculate a 9-day exponential moving average of the moving average calculated in Step 1.

  3. Divide the moving average calculated in Step 1 by the moving average calculated in Step 2.

  4. Total the values in Step 3 for the number of periods in the Mass Index (e.g., 25 days).

 


Mass Index Stock Screener Action
 Reversal Bulge   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Less Than 26.5   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI(25) Between 26.5 And 27   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Greater Than 27   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Cross Above 26.5 Level   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Cross Below 26.5 Level   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Cross Above 27 Level   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 MI (25) Cross Below 27 Level   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 Buy Signal   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  
 Sell Signal   Customize Screen   Backtest Screen   Trade Alert  

 






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