Support Resistance Using Averages

Step 1: The Trading Idea

Buy when short-term resistance is broken and stock is in uptrend

Step 2: Selecting Indicators for Support Resistance Using Averages AFL

In most simple terms, support is defined at the price level from which market bounces up while resistance is the price level from which market goes down.

When prices bounce from the 20-period MA, we take that point as support level. When prices fall after touching 20-period MA, we that that price as resistance level. This is because most people use Moving Average Crossover for analysis/trading.

When the market is trending, we buy on the break of resistance. But when the market is sideways, we do not enter a trade at all. Plus Directional Index (PDI) and Minus Directional Index (MDI) indicators are used to determine whether or not the market is trending.

Step 3: Defining Clear Strategy Rules for Support Resistance Using Averages AFL

Buy: When prices go above short-term resistance and PDI is above 30.

Sell:  When prices go below short-term support.

Support Resistance Using Averagres

Step 4: AFL Coding Guide

In AFL coding, we simple record the value of MA crossover using ValueWhen() function. We carefully define the Buy, Sell, Short and Cover rules; where Short and Cover are symmetrically opposite if Buy and Sell. This helps in smooth integration of this AFL with automated trading systems

Step 5: The Backtest

The strategy is significantly profitable in Bank Nifty current month futures. It generates a profit of 5649 points, or Rs. 4,23,675/ over two years on one lot (75 shares). The winner% is 41.13, which is decent for automated support and resistance strategy.

Related Article: Basics in Strategy Backtesting

  • Scrip: Bank Nifty current month futures, 15-minute
  • All trades executed at Close price of the bar on which signal is triggered
  • Brokerage: 0.01% of Trade Value
  • Data History: 01-01-2014 to 31-12-2015 (two years)
  • Strategy Optimization: None

Step 6: Further Improvement

We leave it to the readers to suggest any improvement in Step 2 and Step 3 which can increase the profitability. We can introduce custom stoploss as well as profit targets to further maximize the profitability.

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