How to Use Time & Sales to Invest? November 6, 2020

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

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With thousands of transactions performed every single day, it can be difficult for investors and traders to sift the signals from the noise and gather relevant information for decision-making.

To identify shifts in supply and demand in stock markets, investors and traders often use the Time & Sales tool to observe significant trades and track the price movements of counters.

What is Time & Sales?

Time & Sales is a trading tool that provides real-time data feed of trade orders for a counter. Whenever anyone buys or sells counters, you will be able to see that transaction on Time & Sales.

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?The information above is meant for illustrative purposes and is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold this security. The figures are current as of October 2020.

POEMS Time & Sales provides trade-by-trade details of counters, allowing you to track their price movements closely. Trades done are shown in reverse chronological order, with the latest displayed at the top of the list.

This tool contains four vital pieces of information:

  • Time refers to the exact time a trade was executed
  • Price refers to the dollar value at which the trade was completed
  • Trade Size refers to the number of shares traded
  • Type refers to whether it was a buy or sell trade

Live and available immediately, the trades on POEMS Time & Sales are colour-coded for your quick analysis. Green represents a buy, red indicates a sell. On top of the day’s high, low and net change in price, you can also check the total transaction value and volume of the day.

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?The information above is meant for illustrative purposes and is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold this security. The figures are current as of June 2020.

How to read Time & Sales transactions: for example, at 16:19:26, 153,000 shares at S$2.01 each were bought

How to use Time & Sales to invest?

This tool can reveal three things about a counter: trade direction, volume and speed of transaction. Such information can give you insights into the potential direction of the counter.

1. Trade direction: are traders buying or selling?

Generally, trade direction suggests who has initiated the trade – the buyer or the seller. On this tool, you will find two types of trade, Sell Down and Buy Up in red and green, respectively. To identify the price trend, you can use these colours to sense the urgency of trades in the market.

For example, if there are many recent transactions in green, chances are there are more buyers in the market. The demand will push prices up while creating a bullish trend. Conversely, many transactions in red indicate more sellers in the market. The oversupply may push the price down and create a bearish indication.

On top of trade direction, it is important to consider the volume and speed of trades to confirm a trend.

2. Volume: how significant are trade sizes?

While trade direction tells you if there are more buyers or sellers in the market, trade volume tells you about the players – whether they are retail or institutional traders.

By observing volume, you can gauge the supply and demand of the counter. Generally, the larger the volume, the more it can influence the stocks’ future price trend.

A significant volume may suggest institutional participation. Smaller trades are usually bought or sold by retail investors. A combination of large volume and multiple transactions may also further confirm the trend of the counter, based on its trade type.

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?The information above is meant for illustrative purposes and is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold this security. The figures are current as of June 2020.

In the above illustration, you can observe many buying activities, with several significant trades done at 16:19:26 and 16:19:22. This can suggest a potential uptrend.

3. Speed of transaction: are the trades done rapidly?

Trade execution speed helps investors and traders understand the level of interest in a counter. This can help you forecast its future market direction.

Typically, when a stock moves beyond its support or resistance levels following an increase in trade sizes and speed of transaction, it indicates that interest in the counter is growing.

However, the speed of transaction alone is not sufficient to confirm a market trend. It is best used in conjunction with other indicators, including volume and trade direction.

To make sense of the Time & Sales tool, you would need to watch the direction, volume, and speed to interpret a counter’s movements. The use of these three indicators concurrently is helpful in predicting up or down price trends.

Used in technical analysis, the Time & Sales data complements the use of charting tools for reading price movements. Unlike stock charts which provide an overview of market price movements, Time & Sales details each price movement of the stock.

On their own, stock charts and Time & Sales are useful trading tools. When used together, investors and trades can form a more holistic picture of a counter’s price actions.

Where can I find Time & Sales on the POEMS suite of trading platforms?


On the POEMS 2.0 platform, simply right click on your desired counter and select Time & Sales.

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

POEMS Mobile 2.0

Method 1:

1) Select your desired counter
2) Select Time and Sales

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

1) Select and hold your desired counter
2) Select Time and Sales

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?


Method 1:

1) On the POEMS Pro platform, select Time And Sales

2) Search for your desired counter using the search instrument bar

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

Method 2:

1) In PriceView, right click on your desired counter

2) Select Time And Sales

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

Available on POEMS 2.0, POEMS Mobile 2.0 and POEMS Pro, use POEMS Time & Sales to know when to enter or exit a trade!

How to Use Time & Sales to Invest?

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