Trading in the direction of a strong trend reduces risk and increases profit potential. The average directional index ADX is used to determine when the price is trending strongly. In many cases, it is the ultimate trend indicator. After all, the trend may be your friend, but it sure helps to know who your friends are.

In this article, we'll examine the value of ADX as a trend strength indicator. ADX is used to quantify trend strength. ADX calculations are based on a moving average of price range expansion over a given period of time. The default setting is 14 bars, although other time periods can be used. ADX is plotted as a single line with values ranging from a low of zero to a high of ADX is non-directional; it registers trend strength whether price is trending up or down.

For the remainder of this article, ADX will be shown separately on the charts for educational purposes. Figure 1: ADX is non-directional and quantifies trend strength by rising in both uptrends and downtrends. Figure 1 is an example of an uptrend reversing to a downtrend. The values are also important for distinguishing between trending and non-trending conditions. Many traders will use ADX readings above 25 to suggest that the trend is strong enough for trend-trading strategies.

Conversely, when ADX is below 25, many will avoid trend-trading strategies. Low ADX is usually a sign of accumulation or distribution. Price then moves up and down between resistance and support to find selling and buying interest, respectively. From low ADX conditions, price will eventually break out into a trend.

Figure 2: When ADX is below 25, price enters a range. When ADX rises above 25, price tends to trend. Figure 3: Periods of low ADX lead to price patterns.

This chart shows a cup and handle formation that starts an uptrend when ADX rises above The direction of the ADX line is important for reading trend strength. When the ADX line is rising, trend strength is increasing, and the price moves in the direction of the trend. When the line is falling, trend strength is decreasing, and the price enters a period of retracement or consolidation. A common misperception is that a falling ADX line means the trend is reversing.

A falling ADX line only means that the trend strength is weakening, but it usually does not mean the trend is reversing, unless there has been a price climax. Figure 4: When ADX is below 25, the trend is weak. When ADX is above 25 and rising, the trend is strong. When ADX is above 25 and falling, the trend is less strong. The series of ADX peaks are also a visual representation of overall trend momentum.

ADX clearly indicates when the trend is gaining or losing momentum. Momentum is the velocity of price. A series of higher ADX peaks means trend momentum is increasing. A series of lower ADX peaks means trend momentum is decreasing. Any ADX peak above 25 is considered strong, even if it is a lower peak.Released: Feb 1, View statistics for this project via Libraries.

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Maintainers jealous. MACD: moving average convergence divergence. Including signal and histogram. Compatibility Please check the setup.Although Wilder designed his Directional Movement System with commodities and daily prices in mind, these indicators can also be applied to stocks. Positive and negative directional movement form the backbone of the Directional Movement System. Wilder determined directional movement by comparing the difference between two consecutive lows with the difference between their respective highs.

Using these three indicators together, chartists can determine both the direction and strength of the trend. Despite being developed before the computer age, Wilder's indicators are incredibly detailed in their calculation and have stood the test of time. Directional movement is calculated by comparing the difference between two consecutive lows with the difference between their respective highs. Directional movement is positive plus when the current high minus the prior high is greater than the prior low minus the current low.

A negative value would simply be entered as zero. Directional movement is negative minus when the prior low minus the current low is greater than the current high minus the prior high. This so-called Minus Directional Movement -DM equals the prior low minus the current low, provided it is positive. The chart above shows four calculation examples for directional movement.

The third pairing shows a big difference between the lows for a strong Minus Directional Movement -DM. The final pairing shows an inside day, which amounts to no directional movement zero. All inside days will have zero directional movement. Basically, ATR is Wilder's version of the two-period trading range. The calculation example below is based on a period indicator setting, as recommended by Wilder.

Above is a spreadsheet example with all the calculations involved. There is a day calculation gap because approximately periods are required to absorb the smoothing techniques. Because of Wilder's smoothing techniques, it can take around periods of data to get true ADX values.

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ADX values using only 30 periods of historical data will not match ADX values using periods of historical data. ADX values with days or more of data will remain consistent. As with an exponential moving averagethe calculation has to start somewhere so the first value is simply the sum of the first 14 periods. As shown below, smoothing starts with the second period calculation and continues throughout.

First, calculate an average for the first 14 days as a starting point. The second and subsequent calculations use the smoothing technique below:.

Crosses of these directional indicators can be combined with ADX for a complete trading system. Before looking at some signals with examples, keep in mind that Wilder was a commodity and currency trader. The examples in his books are based on these instruments, not stocks.

This does not mean his indicators cannot be used with stocks, however. Some stocks have price characteristics similar to commodities, which tend to be more volatile with short and strong trends. Stocks with low volatility may not generate signals based on Wilder's parameters. Chartists will likely need to adjust the indicator settings or the signal parameters according to the characteristics of the security.

This determination helps traders choose between a trend-following system or a non-trend-following system. There appears to be a gray zone between 20 and As noted above, chartists may need to adjust the settings to increase sensitivity and signals.

ADX also has a fair amount of lag because of all the smoothing techniques. Many technical analysts use 20 as the key level for ADX. The stock moved from a strong uptrend to a strong downtrend in April-May, but ADX remained above 20 because the strong uptrend quickly changed into a strong downtrend. There were two non-trending periods as the stock formed a bottom in February and August. A strong trend emerged after the August bottom as ADX moved above 20 and remained above GitHub is home to over 40 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.

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## Average Directional Index (ADX)

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Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure spot for you and your coworkers to find and share information. I am new to pandas. What is the best way to calculate the relative strength part in the RSI indicator in pandas? So far I got the following:. Am I doing it correctly so far? I am having trouble with the difference part of the equation where you separate out upward and downward calculations.

It is important to note that there are various ways of defining the RSI. It is commonly defined in at least two ways: using a simple moving average SMA as above, or using an exponential moving average EMA. Here's a code snippet that calculates both definitions of RSI and plots them for comparison. I'm discarding the first row after taking the difference, since it is always NaN by definition. Note that when using EMA one has to be careful: since it includes a memory going back to the beginning of the data, the result depends on where you start!

For this reason, typically people will add some data at the beginning, say time steps, and then cut off the first RSI values. Note that the RSI based on EMA has its first finite value at the first time step which is the second time step of the original period, due to discarding the first rowwhereas the RSI based on SMA has its first finite value at the 14th time step.

However, when I tested my results, they didn't match up against the commercial stock charting programs I use, such as StockCharts. The commercial services above use Wilder Smoothing rather than a simple moving average to calculate the average gains and losses.

I'm new to Python and Pandasso I'm wondering if there's some brilliant way to refactor out the for loop below to make it faster. Maybe someone else can comment on that possibility.

More info here. You can get a massive speed up of Bill's answer by using numba. Numba excels with loops and arithmetic.

For More Information. You can also use the following. If statements will ensure the first RSI value is calculated differently and properly from the rest of the values.

In the end, all NaN values will be replaced with blanks. This assumes you have already imported pandas and your dataframe is df. The only additional data required is a column of Close prices which is labeled as Close.