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Price Oscillator

The Price Oscillator is the difference between two simple moving averages (one shorter period and one longer period). It should be noted that the Percentage Price Oscillator uses exponential moving averages, unlike the Price Oscillator.


A positive Price Oscillator value means indicates that the shorter moving average is higher than the longer moving average.


The oscillator performs well in a trending market where there is strong directional moves, but can give unreliable signals when the market is trading in a sideways range.


The indicator fluctuates around zero, with increasing values indicating the price is rising and decreasing values indicating the price is falling. The Price Oscillator rising above zero indicates that the market is in an upward trend, as the short term moving average has risen above the longer term moving average and is interpreted as a buy signal. Conversely, falling below zero indicates the market is in a downward trend, as the shorter term moving average has fallen below the longer term moving average, which is interpreted as a sell signal.


Another method used is to look for divergences between price movement and the indicator. For example, where price makes a new high but the Price Oscillator fails to do similar, this indicates momentum may be decreasing and recent prices increases are not sustainable, signalling a sell opportunity. On the other hand, where a market’s price makes new lows but the Price Oscillator fails to do similar, this implies momentum is increasing and that the down trend may be coming to an end.


If the Percentage Price Oscillator is over sold or overbought, then a change of direction can signal a change of trend.


Price Oscillator Indicator.png



Price Oscillator Formula

The formula used to calculate the Percentage Price Oscillator indicator is:


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Price Oscillator Indicator

The Price Oscillator indicator can be displayed on the TimeToTrade charts. To add the Price Oscillator indicator to the TimeToTrade charts, go to the chart settings and click on the 'Add Indicator' button. Click on the search box and type the name of the indicator that you are looking for, or for example type Price Oscillator and scroll through the results:


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After adding the Price Oscillator indicator, within the chart settings, click on it to set the parameters and change colours.



Price Oscillator Alerts

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