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Pivot Points are used by traders to find support and resistance levels based on the previous day's stock price action.


This indicator is a very useful tool that use the previous bars' highs, lows and closings to project support and resistance levels for future bars.


This indicator provides an idea of where key support and resistance should be. Place the pivot points on your stock trading charts and stock price will bounce off one of these levels. These levels are used by investors to determine market tops, market bottoms or stock trading trend reversals.


  • Daily pivots points are calculated from previous day's high, low, close which ends at 5.00pm EST(2100 GMT)


This indicator is shown below

How to Interpret and Use Pivot Points in Stock Trading



Technical Analysis

The central pivot itself is the primary level, which is used to determine the trend


The other support and resistance levels are also important in calculating areas that can generate significant market movements.

This indicator can be used in two ways

The first way is for determining overall Stock trend: if the pivot point is broken in an upward movement, then the stock trading market is bullish, and vice versa. However, pivot levels are short-term stock trading trend indicators, useful for only one day until they need to be recalculated.


The second method is to use these points to enter and exit the stock trading markets. This indicator is a useful tool that can be used to calculate the areas that are likely to cause stock price movement.


These points should be used conjunction with other forms of technical analysis such as Moving averages, MACD and stochastic oscillator.


This indicator can be used in many different ways. Here are a few of the most common methods for utilizing them.


Stock Trend Direction: Combined with other technical analysis techniques such as overbought/oversold oscillators, volatility measurements, the central point may be useful in determining the general trending direction of the stock trading market. Trades are only taken in the direction of the Stock trend. Buy signal occurs only when the stock trading market is above the central pivot and sell stock trading signal occur only when the stock trading market is below the central pivot.


Stock Price Breakouts: A bullish signal occurs when the stock trading market breaks up through the central pivot or one of the resistances (typically Resistance 1). A bearish signal occurs when the stock trading market breaks down through the central point or one of the supports (typically Support 1).



Stock Trend Reversals:

  • A buy stock trading signal occurs when the stock price moves towards a support level, gets very close to it, touches it, or moves only slightly through it, and then reverses and moves back in the opposite direction.


  • A sell stock trading signal occurs when the stock price moves towards a resistance level, gets very close to it, touches it, or moves only slightly through it, and then reverses and moves back in the opposite direction.


Stop loss and/or Limit Profit Values Determined by Support/Resistance: This indicator may be potentially helpful in determining suitable stop loss and/or limit profit placements. For example, if trading a long breakout above the Resistance 1 it may be reasonable to position a stop loss.



Combining with Moving Average Crossover System

A good indicator to combine and trade reversal stock trading signals is the moving average crossover which can be used to confirm the direction of a reversal stock trading signal.


An investor can then open an order once these two indicators give a signal in the same direction.

Moving Average Crossover Method with Pivot Points Stock Trading Indicator

Moving Average Crossover Method


Moving average crossover method that can be combined with this indicator to come up with a stock trading system for generating buy and sell stock trading signals.


To download Pivot points:

Once you download it open it with MQL4 Language Editor, Then Compile it by pressing the Compile Button and it will be added to your MT4.

NB: Once you add it to your MT4, the indicator has additional lines named Mid Points, to remove these additional lines open MQL4 Language Editor(shortcut keyboard key - press F4), and change line 16 from:

extern bool midpivots = true;


extern bool midpivots = false;

Then Press Compile again, and it will then appear as exactly shown on this website.


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