Stocks & Commodities V. 31:1 (32-38): The DMI Stochastic by Barbara Star

Stocks & Commodities V. 31:1 (32-38): The DMI Stochastic by Barbara Star
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Getting Into The Game

The DMI Stochastic by Barbara Star

When a trend has already begun, does that mean itís too late to get in? Not necessarily. This trading technique can help you get into a trend so you donít have to miss trading opportunities.

Computer charting software that allows traders to create their own custom studies and formulas opens the door to a world of experimentation that could lead to the development of a new trading indicator. But it isnít always necessary to go to those lengths in order to find useful trading tools. Sometimes simply combining the components of one well-known indicator with another is enough to create a type of synergy that can enhance trading.

For several years, one of my templates for short-term trading has included something I call the DMI stochastic, which I use mainly to identify potential entries into an existing trend. The template consists of a trend-identifying oscillator based on indicators from J. Welles Wilderís directional movement index (DMI) and also a momentum indicator derived from that oscillator. Together, they offer two indicators that capture three powerful technical analysis basics: trend, momentum, and support/resistance. While not as reliable for intraday trading, they work well in 60-minute, end-of-day (EOD), and weekly time frames. This article shows how to create and apply these indicators using EOD charts.

DMI oscillator

Within the suite of indicators that make up Wilderís directional movement index (DMI) are the plus directional movement indicator (+DI) and the minus directional movement indicator (‑DI). They provide the foundation for the more widely recognized average directional index (ADX). Whereas the ADX offers information about the strength of price movement but not its direction, the +DI and ‑DI furnish information about the positive or negative direction of price movement over a period of time.

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