The S&P 500 is an index of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry grouping, among other factors. The S&P 500 is designed to be a leading indicator of U.S. equities and is meant to reflect the risk/return characteristics of the large cap universe.
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The Trend Trader Index calculates the simple moving average of the daily high and daily low price of the S&P 500 over the past 20 days. A short term uptrend exists if the S&P 500 is trading above the 20 day moving average line and a short term downtrend is given if the S&P 500 is trading below the 20 day moving average line. Additionally the direction of the simple moving averages could also give additional information about the trend direction.