Velocity & Forces Overview

NASDAQ Velocity & Forces offers the perfect pairing of market intensity and trend awareness to arm you with the insight necessary to make the best trading decisions for your trading strategies. NASDAQ Velocity & Forces measures levels of pre-trade order activity in the NASDAQ trading system, including NASDAQ-, NYSE-, and AMEX-listed securities, to indicate the intensity of trading interest and relative buy/sell pressure.

Market Velocity

Market Velocity measures the intensity of the trading interest in a particular security. This allows you to execute your trading strategy more quickly by comparing the expected order activity in a stock with the current activity to detect surges in trading interest before the trade occurs. The velocity has a benchmark value of 100% where the percentage value assigned is measured in comparison to the security's 21-Day Moving Volume Average. If the velocity indicates a percentage higher than 100%, the security is trading above its 21-Day Moving Volume Average.

Market Forces

Market Forces provides a real-time, pre-trade indication of the direction of the market by indicating whether trading interest is surging in either buy or sell orders. Used with Market Velocity, Market Forces can help you determine which stocks are ready for an upturn or downturn to help you make better trading decisions. The Buy/Sell pressure is displayed on a scale from 1-10. For example, if the Market Forces displays 0 (zero) for Buy Orders and 10 for Sell Orders, this would indicate for every 10 orders at the market center, 10 are sell and 0 are buy.