200 EMA with Stochastic

Currency trends may be rarer than trading ranges, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be traded. This strategy uses two time frames to identify the trend, an overbought-oversold indicator to pinpoint entry and a trailing stop to protect gains on profitable trades. Many technical trading strategies resolve around the assumption that markets will hover within a given range — and with good reason. Seventy percent of the time markets will bounce back and forth between support and resistance levels, or fluctuate randomly. The rest of the time, market behavior is characterized by persistent price moves — trends — that shatter support and resistance levels.
Although these basic probabilities work against traders who try to exploit trends, the potential rewards can be worth the risk. It is possible to increase your ability to capitalize on trends by locating trend signals, identifying specific entry points within the trend and using risk management techniques to limit losses.
Time frame 10 minutes or 15 minutes and 60 min.
Currency pairs: majors.
Tools and Rules
The Strategy uses two charts with different time periods (10-minutes and hourly), along with two technical indicators: a 200-bar moving average and a 14-bar slow stochastic study (see “Stochastic refresher below”)
The 1-2-3 Steps
Step 1:
Identify a trend. Compare the moving averages on the 10-minute and hourly charts. A trend is in effect when price is consistently above/below the moving averages on both charts.
Step 2:
Pinpoint entry. Once you’ve identified a trend, look for the following two conditions at the same time on the 10-minute chart:
1. The market is no more than 20 points above (to buy) or 20 points below (to sell) the moving average;
2. The fast stochastic line crosses above the slow stochastic line below 20 (to buy) or crosses below the slow stochastic line above 80 (to sell).
These conditions indicate: 1) the currency is currently in a short-term uptrend or downtrend; and 2) the currency has paused or pulled back (reflected by the higher low stochastic reading and the fact that price is within 20 points of the moving average) and is poised to turn (because the fast stochastic line is crossing back above or below the slow line).
Step 3:
Ride the trend. Set a trailing stop after the initial trade entry. On a long position, enter a stop-loss order 10 points below the 200-period moving average on the 10-minute chart. In the case of a short position, place the initial stop 10 points above this moving average. As the trade goes in your favor, raise (for a long trade) or lower (for a short Trade) the stop to protect profits. For simplicity’s sake, the following examples use a trailing stop 25 points from each new top or bottom. The charts in the next section illustrate the application of this strategy in two currency pairs.
Trade Example
The first example took place in the Euro currency-dollar (EUR/USD) currency pair during the fourth week of June 2002. (For those unfamiliar with currency quoting and charting conventions, see “Quoting currencies,”) First, compare the hourly and 10-minute EUR/USD charts. Look for a time when price is above the 200-period moving averages on both charts. On the hourly chart (Figure 1, below), the fact that price is almost exclusively above the 200-hour moving average indicates a persistent uptrend. On the 10-minute chart (Figure 2, top left), price moves (and remains above) the moving average in the last third of the chart.
The next step is to pinpoint the entry zone — when the market is within 20 points of the moving average on the 10-minute chart and the stochastic lines cross. The range between 1 p.m. and midnight on June 27 meets these requirements. The entry point occurs when the
fast stochastic crosses above the slow stochastic when the indicator is below 20. A long position is entered at .9883 around 8 p.m., with an accompanying stop-loss at .9858 (10 Points below the 200-bar moving average value of .9868).
The stop is then trailed upward as the market makes new peaks. The EUR/USD tops out at .9992, so the stop scaled up to .9967, where the position was closed for an 84-point ($840) gain.

Figures 3 and 4 illustrate a similar example in the dollar-yen rate (USD/JPY). The hourly chart (Figure 3, bottom) shows price was trading well below the 200-bar moving average after June 21. On the 10-minute chart (Figure 4, below), price fell below the moving
average after 10 a.m. on June 27, indicating a sell opportunity. Also, price was within 20 points of the moving average at this point. A short trade was opened around 5 p.m. at 119.57 when the fast stochastic line crossed below the slow stochastic line when the indicator was
above 80. The trade was protected with a stop-loss order at 119.86. In this case, the stop remained intact until the following day, when USD/JPY began to decline. After trailing the stop down as the market continued to decline, profits were taken at 118.58 (25 points off the
118.33 low), for a gain of 99 points.


This short-term trading method works well in the Forex market, but it is also applicable to others. 

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