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Apr 18

Trading Stocks with Stochastic Oscillator

Posted by abiao at 11:06 | Others | Comments(0) | Reads(10535)
Developed by George Lane in the 1950s, the Stochastic Oscillator is one of the most popular stock trading indicators, that provide good signals in many Forex pairs, stocks and commodities. In this article we will describe how to profit with it and catching bottoms and tops.

First of all it is important to understand the formula of the Stochastic Oscillator:

Main Stochastic (%K) = 100 * (Closing Price - Lowest Close of Last 5 Bars) / (Highest High of Last 5 Bars - Lowest Close of Last 5 Bars)
Signal Stochastic (%D) = 3-Period Exponential Moving Average of the Main Stochastic

From the formula we can derive that the main stochastic is showing us the relative location of current price in relation to the range of last 5 bars. Low readings indicate that price is near a support level (the lowest point of the range) and high readings indicate that price is near a resistance level (the highest point of the range).

Most traders enter trades when the main stochastic crosses the signal stochastic line - when a cross is from below it is a long signal, and when the cross is from below it is a short signal.



Another trading method is to enter trades when the Stochastic Oscillator crosses the 60 level (long trade), and when it crosses the 40 level (for shotr trade). It is a trend-following approach that works well in stock charts with strong trends.



It is remarkable that an indicator that was developed 60 years ago is still useful and still generates powerful signals to this day, on many stocks and commodities.

One can also improve the formula of the Stochastic to take into account ranges that are shifting: Channels instead of parallel trends. The improved formula would show the location of price in relation to the boundaries of regression channel, giving much more accurate signals that take into account the trend as well, and not just flat high and low.

We highly recommend getting to know this indicator and mastering the trading systems presented here. It can provide very accurate signals, both trend-following and reversal signals, and can provide you with trading edge.

This is a guest post by Steve Sollheiser, a writer and a stock trader. Visit his site, www.StockChartPatterns.org for more articles about chart patterns.


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