Everyday trading represents a battle of buyers (“Bulls”) pushing prices up and sellers (“Bears”) pushing prices down.
Depending on what party scores off, the day will end with a price that is higher or lower than that of the previous day. Intermediate results, first of all the highest and lowest price, allow to judge about how the battle was developing during the day.
It is very important to be able to estimate the Bears Power balance since changes in this balance initially signalize about possible trend reversal. This task can be solved using the Bears Power oscillator developed by Alexander Elder and and described in his book “Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management”. Elder based on the following premises when deducing this oscillator:
moving average is a price agreement between sellers and buyers for a certain period of time,
the lowest price displays the maximum sellers’ power within the day.
On these premises, Elder developed Bears Power as the difference between the lowest price and 13-period exponential moving average (LOW – EMA).
The first stage of this indicator calculation is calculation of the exponential moving average (as a rule, it is recommended to use the 13-period EMA).
BULLS = HIGH – EMA
BULLS – Bulls’ Power;
HIGH – the highest price of the current bar;
EMA – Exponential Moving Average.
In the up-trend, HIGH is higher than EMA, so the Bulls Power is above zero and histogram is located above zero line. If HIGH falls under EMA when prices fall, the Bulls Power becomes below zero and its histogram falls under zero line.
How to use the indicator
This indicator is better to use together with a trend indicator (most frequently Moving Average):
- if trend indicator is down-directed and the Bulls Power index is above zero, but falling, it is a signal to sell;
it is desirable that, in this case, the divergence of peacks were being formed in the indicator chart.
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How to install custom indicators in Metatrader 5
Download the MQ5/EX5 file into your C:\Program Files\MetaTrader 5\MQL5\Indicators folder
If you download the zip file, unzip it and locate the MQ5 file in C:\Program Files\MetaTrader 5\MQL5\Indicators
Double-click on the file, the Mq5 editor will open and hit “Compile”
Restart your MetaTrader 5 application
On the left hand side, look for the “Navigator” window and under the “Indicators” tab you should find the Indicators
Drag (Click and drag) the indicator onto the chart
Choose your settings and click OK
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