stochastics-oscillator-percent-k-formula-alpharithms.jpg stochastics-oscillator-percent-d-formula-alpharithms.jpg 💥The Stochastic indicator is commonly used to identify potential buy and sell signals for traders in a sideways market. In a sideways or ranging market, the price tends to move within a relatively narrow range, and the Stochastic indicator can help identify overbought and oversold conditions within that range. 💥For a buy signal, traders will look for the Stochastic indicator to cross above the oversold level, which is typically set at 20. This suggests that the price may have reached a support level and could potentially reverse direction and start moving higher. Traders may then look for confirmation of the buy signal through other technical indicators or price action before entering a long position. 💥For a sell signal, traders will look for the Stochastic indicator to cross below the overbought level, which is typically set at 80. This suggests that the price may have reached a resistance level and could potentially reverse direction and start moving lower. Traders may then look for confirmation of the sell signal through other technical indicators or price action before entering a short position. 💥It is important to note that while the Stochastic indicator can be a useful tool in a sideways market, traders should still consider other factors such as trend, volume, and support/resistance levels before making trading decisions. 💥Stochastic is a very popular tool, especially for sideways markets and those who prefer fast-paced trading. Although many people believe that George Lane invented it, this indicator has actually been around for decades. In the 1960s, it was presented in an article titled \\"Stochastic Process\\" by the Investor Educators Company, which explained both the theoretical stochastic process of prices and the indicator itself. Despite not being directly related to the theoretical process, the title of the article became part of the indicator\\u0027s name. 💥Stochastic is based on the observation that when prices are rising, the closing price tends to move closer to the high or upper boundary of the price range. Conversely, when prices are falling, the closing price tends to move closer to the low or lower boundary of the price range. The tool measures the ratio of the closing price\\u0027s distance from the low to the total spread from high to low over the last N days, usually 5 (N = 5). 💥For example, if the calculated %K value is 0.38, it means that today\\u0027s closing price is 38% relative to the 5-day trading session. 💥The threshold lines that define the overbought and oversold zone in the Stochastic indicator are typically set at 80 and 20, respectively. As for the Stochastic readings, the best buy signal is said to occur when the %D line is between the 10-15 range, while the best sell signal is formed when the %D line is between the 85-90 range. ⚡️There are 7 popular methods for determining when to buy or sell using Stochastic: 👉Buy when the oscillator drops below the level 20 and resumes above it, and sell when it retraces above level 80 and reverses above it in a downward direction. 👉Buy when %K cuts %D up and sell when %K cuts %D down. This case can also be separated into 2 sub-cases. %K cuts %D where %K (which is faster) crosses first. (So crossing the left side of the %D line is called Left Crossing) and if %K crosses %D, it\\u0027s true, but %D (which is slower) crosses the head first (so %K cuts %D on the right side of the line). The %D line is called Right Crossing. In both cases, they read the same value, but the latter is more certain than the former, since the %D is overturned first, indicating a quick change of direction. It\\u0027s sweeter and more stable. 👉A divergence can occur when %D is above the 80 line but cannot create a new higher top while the price continues to follow the uptrend. It happens while the %D line is below the 20 line and creates a new higher bottom. This is an early warning. The price may run in that direction. So hurry up and look for an opportunity to sell (when there is a divergence at the top) or buy (when there is a divergence at the bottom) because soon there may be a reversal. This style is also known as a setup. 👉A sharp drop in %K or %D (which George Lane called Hinge) shows that the market is weak. It\\u0027s a signal to be careful that tomorrow\\u0027s market may change direction. 👉A rapid (faster) and severe (2-12%) deflection of %K is a warning sign that the market is almost exhausted. The original direction of the price can stand well for no more than 2 days. 👉The %K value ranges from 0 to 100, and when %K reaches both extremes, it\\u0027s often a signal to collect (%K=0) or drain (%K=100). The price must close at the highest or the lowest for at least 5 consecutive days (see the formula of %K to understand), and the number of days may need to be more if we use the slower Stochastic. 👉If %K crosses %D and tries to turn around to find %D again but does not reach it (or maybe just touching, but not breaking) %D, this confirms a clear signal that it had just intersected a while ago. It\\u0027s a sure sign. Stochastic Oscillator 02.png 💥 The example presented below demonstrates the use of Stochastic to determine the timing of entering and exiting trades with the SET index. A downward arrow indicates a buy signal or to hold more, while an upward arrow indicates a sell signal or to gradually make short-term profits (depending on the case). Beside the arrow, there will be the word \\"Buy\\" or \\"Sell.\\" It may be noticed that there are moments to buy or sell more than once, which may prompt the question of why there are multiple points. The answer lies in the principle that the tool is only used to find a cutting rhythm (as mentioned earlier), as some people only see an upward trend (without confirmation from another stroke), leading to a possible loss. Due to the quick movement of the pointer, false signals may appear, so some people prefer to use the line crossing rhythm to gradually buy or sell stocks, similar to signaling in terms of moving averages.