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Retail Sales

Retail sales is a measure of consumer demand for goods that offers traders insights into the health of the economy.
HOW DOES THE retail sales PAGE WORK?
Retail sales tracks consumer demand for finished goods by measuring the purchases of durable and non-durable goods over a defined period of time.
HOW CAN TRADERS USE THIS data?
We use this information to gauge the strength or weakness of the consumer, which is a vital signal of an economy's health. If consumers are spending, business and growth will most likely be positive.

How is retail sales Calculated on the EdgeFinder?

Retail Sales Score Calculation

The EdgeFinder considers the the latest retail sales data, relative to the forecasted number. If the latest retail sales data is stronger than forecasted, we consider this bullish (+1) for currency & the stock market, bearish (-1) for gold, bullish (+1) for commodities and crypto. If retail sales come in lower than forecasted, all previously explained signals are reversed.

For currency pairs, both respective economies are considered, leading to the possibility of a range from -2 to +2 in score for this category.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
View more FAQs here.

What time frames can you use the edgeFinder on?

The EdgeFinder gives directional bias and is not time based. Therefore, there is not a specific time frame that is best for the EdgeFinder.

What assets are included on the EdgeFinder?

Forex Majors:
AUDUSD, NZDUSD, USDZAR, GBPUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, USDCHF, EURUSD

Forex Minors:
AUDCAD, AUDCHF, AUDJPY, AUDNZD, CADCHF, CADJPY, CHFJPY, EURAUD, EURCAD, EURCHF, EURGBP, EURJPY, EURNZD, GBPAUD, GBPCAD, GBPCHF, GBPJPY, GBPNZD, NZDCAD, NZDCHF, NZDJPY

Metals:
XAUUSD, PLATINUM, SILVER, COPPER

Energy:
USOIL

Indices:
GER30, US30, SPX500, US10Y, NAS100, JP225, UK100, RUSSELL

Bonds:
US10Y

Is the EdgeFinder realtime?

While the EdgeFinder is not necessarily realtime, it is fully automatic in its data collection. The EdgeFinder uses a variety of data sources and inputs. Most price data updates are on a 15 minute timer, while economic data updates every few hours. COT data updates weekly (as it only releases 1 time per week), and retail sentiment updates every 30 minutes.

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How to use retail Sales
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