According to academicians, share price movements are completely random, offering no clues to the direction of future price movements. Market technicians have refused to accept this view and argue that statistical tests are less capable than the human eye of detecting subtle patterns in stock price data. If stock price series
The authors charted three price series — an actual series and two random series based on different probability distributions — for each of five well known common stocks. They then asked a sample of investment analysts to pick the actual price series, without knowing the names of the companies represented or the actual time period. Statistical analysis of the results reveals no evidence of ability to make consistently correct selections.
If analysts cannot differentiate between price series purported to have information content and series with no information content, one is tempted to conclude that past price data have little or no information useful in technical analysis.