Is there a definite list of momentum indicators? A quick search on Google did not yield much, so I thought to ask this here.

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    $\begingroup$ if no one posts one I can start a list here with the common ones. $\endgroup$
    – pyCthon
    Jun 30, 2015 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ If one of the answers was helpful it would be great if you could accept it - Thank you :-) $\endgroup$
    – vonjd
    Jul 10, 2015 at 7:14

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The following paper gives you a range of different indicators and methods and, even better, unifies the whole concept:

Which Trend Is Your Friend?
by Levine, A., Pedersen, L.


Managed-futures funds (sometimes called CTAs) trade predominantly on trends. There are several ways of identifying trends, either using heuristics or statistical measures often called “filters.” Two important statistical measures of price trends are time series momentum and moving average crossovers. We show both empirically and theoretically that these trend indicators are closely connected. In fact, they are equivalent representations in their most general forms, and they also capture many other types of filters such as the HP filter, the Kalman filter, and all other linear filters. Further, we show how trend filters can be equivalently represented as functions of past prices vs. past returns. Our results unify and broaden a range of trend-following strategies and we discuss the implications for investors.


I think, the following list answers your question. Even though the below list is exhaustive, there might be some recent changes. Try looking for additional sources, you might find some more useful information.

  • ADX Average Directional Movement Index
  • ADXR Average Directional Movement Index Rating
  • APO Absolute Price Oscillator
  • AROON Aroon
  • AROONOSC Aroon Oscillator
  • BOP Balance Of Power
  • CCI Commodity Channel Index
  • CMO Chande Momentum Oscillator
  • DX Directional Movement Index
  • MACD Moving Average Convergence/Divergence
  • MACDEXT MACD with controllable MA type
  • MACDFIX Moving Average Convergence/Divergence Fix 12/26
  • MFI Money Flow Index
  • MINUS_DI Minus Directional Indicator
  • MINUS_DM Minus Directional Movement
  • MOM Momentum
  • PLUS_DI Plus Directional Indicator
  • PLUS_DM Plus Directional Movement
  • PPO Percentage Price Oscillator
  • ROC Rate of change :
  • ROCP Rate of change Percentage:
  • ROCR Rate of change ratio:
  • ROCR100 Rate of change ratio 100 scale:
  • RSI Relative Strength Index
  • STOCH Stochastic
  • STOCHF Stochastic Fast
  • STOCHRSI Stochastic Relative Strength Index
  • TRIX 1-day Rate-Of-Change (ROC) of a Triple Smooth EMA
  • ULTOSC Ultimate Oscillator
  • WILLR Williams' %R
  • ASI Accumulative Swing Index
  • ADR Advance Decline Ratio
  • IMI Intraday Momentum Index
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    $\begingroup$ This answer would be even better if you could add some sources! $\endgroup$
    – vonjd
    Jul 1, 2015 at 9:24
  • $\begingroup$ If the information could have been easily found, i hope there wouldn't be this question. I had been collecting information from multiple sources since long. There weren't any direct sources then, so i had been documenting on my own. I have shared the information from the same doc. :) $\endgroup$
    – kris123456
    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:44
  • $\begingroup$ Well, the background of my question is to see definitions of all these abbreviations and words you write. Otherwise this information is nearly useless. $\endgroup$
    – vonjd
    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:50
  • $\begingroup$ But the question says "Is there a definite list of momentum indicators", so was my answer inline with the question. If you are expecting a definition, please raise a question with the kind of information you seek. Also, the definitions are inline with the abbreviations. I am not quite sure what you are expecting in a single question. The complete explanation for these would exceed 300+ pages (from what i have, including formulas and other explanations). $\endgroup$
    – kris123456
    Jul 3, 2015 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, perhaps you are right that this question is not a very good fit for our site. On the other hand: Do you see my point that just giving dozens of abbreviations without giving any references or explanations doesn't really help either? $\endgroup$
    – vonjd
    Jul 3, 2015 at 8:40

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