April 2019 Newsletter

April 16, 2019





ASSESS MARKET DIRECTION WITH TURNING POINTS  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Turning Points add-on is based on the  concept of recognizing local peaks and valleys where a price time series changes  its direction from up to down (peak) and from down to up (valley).  You can leverage this information in a prediction  combined with other indicators to generate buy/sell signals.  We’ll show you how this is done, but first we should explain the basis for determining a turning point.

The Turning Points Indicators

A turning point (TP) peak is defined as the  point where the high is higher than  or equal to any other highs in the  neighborhood of the point.  A turning point  valley is defined as the point  where the low is lower than or equal to any other lows in the neighborhood of  the point.

The neighborhood of a point (Nhood) ranges from a number of bars (Nhood) to the left and right of the turning point, inclusive of the endpoints.  Therefore, the  total number of bars included in a turning point analysis is  2*Nhood+1.

After the turning points engine has established  the location of each turning point on the chart, a number of indicators can be  built on top of them.*

Turning Points Support and Resistance Oscillators

The Support  Oscillator indicator computes (in percentage points) how many previous support  levels the current Close price “breaks up”. The Resistance Level indicator output is a  horizontal line representing the price level of a recent turning point peak. The indicator  compares the current close price against a number of the most recent support levels.  If Close is lower than all of them, the indicator output  is 0%. If Close is  higher than all of them, then the indicator output is 100%.

Higher Support  Oscillator values may indicate higher price support. A Support Oscillator value  0% means that there is no support for the current price from previous support  levels.

The Resistance  Oscillator indicator computes (in percentage points) how many previous  resistance levels the current Close price “breaks up”. The indicator compares the current close price against a number of the most  recent resistance levels. If Close is lower than all of them, the  indicator output is 0%. If Close is higher than all of them, then the indicator  output is 100%.

To insure symmetry, the number of bars to the left and right of turning points (Nhood) were linked together in all of the Turning Point indicators.  The number of turning points pierced in the support and resistance oscillators were also linked.  Both  of these values are individually optimized for each security. Click here for more information on how to link indicator parameters.

Turning Points Slope

The TPslope indicator computes the slope in price  either between two arbitrary turning points (TP) or between a turning point and  the current bar.  In our example we’re going to use it as an indicator for market trend between the most recent turning point and the current bar.

Combine with Other Indicators to Create the Prediction

To complete the inputs to the prediction, we’re going to use the Linear Time Regression Slope indicator as another measure of the trend and the On-Balance Volume indicator.

(See last month’s newsletter on using OnBalance Volume indicator for looking at  trends. Click here for the newsletter.)


We applied the prediction to a portfolio of five stocks. The combination of Turning Point indicators and other technical indicators showed profitable results. Click  here to download the newsletter example chart.  You must own the Turning Points Add-on to see the results.

For more information on the Turning Points indicators, click here to view the product manual.  The add-on includes additional example charts.

*Some of the Turning Point indicators are calculated based on all of the data in  the chart and are not suitable for use in predictions and trading rules because  they “peek” into the future.  These exceptions are noted in the help file.




A Tip for Daily Charts

Customers who use real-time datafeeds such as DTN IQFeed and IBFeed and working with daily bars sometimes tell us that they can’t decide on their trades for the  next day’s markets because the data vendor doesn’t send a close bar until late in the evening. (The eSignal interface is not affected since it is hard-coded and is capable of processing the end-of-session event.) As you know, NeuroShell Trader issues a trading signal after the close of a bar. But here’s a tip that will let  you get to bed before midnight and still let you send your trade to your broker  in the evening.

Approximately 5 minutes before the end of market hours, save the chart with data.  (Go to the File Menu, select Save Chart As, and then be sure to check the box beside Save Data in the Chart.)  Close the chart, and then reopen it with the saved data.  The chart will use the last close saved in the chart as the day close and produce a trading signal. Now you can just manually enter the trade with your broker. You don’t get the exact closing price used in the calculation of the trading signal,  but you have the advantage of lining up your trades the night before rather than forgetting in the morning when the kids are late for school or bad weather makes  your morning commute more hectic than usual.

The next day, simply open the chart without the saved data to see how your model  is working under current market conditions.




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