CMO Average

CMO Average (cmoAv) by Chande and Kroll for Omega Research 1997 is a momentum indicator. It uses data from up and down days, averages 3 summation periods and has a range of 100 to -100. Adjustable guides are given to fine tune the signals. The user may change the input (close), period lengths and guide values. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

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How To Trade Using CmoAv

Adjust the top and bottom guides to control the quantity and quality of the trading signals. CmoAv values above 50 are considered to be overbought and therefore offer an opportunity to sell. CmoAv values below -50 are considered oversold and present an opportunity to buy. If the cmoAv peaks above the top guide a sell signal will be generated. Conversely, if the cmoAv troughs below the bottom guide a buy signal will be given. The 0 line divides the bulls (above) from the bears (below).

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//input = price (user defined, default is closing price)
//period1 = user defined, default is 5
//period2 = user defined, default is 10
//period3 = user defined, default is 20
//prev = previous, index = current bar number
//abs = absolute value
//MT = more than, LT = less than

prevValue1 = price[index-1];
minusC1 = price - prevValue1;
absMinusC1 = abs(minusC1);
sumP1 = sum(index, period1, minusC1);
absSumP1 = sum(index, period1, absMinusC1);
sumP2 = sum(index, period2, minusC1);
absSumP2 = sum(index, period2, absMinusC1);
sumP3 = sum(index, period3, minusC1);
absSumP3 = sum(index, period3, absMinusC1);
Plot: cmoAv = 100 * (((sumP1/absSumP1) + (sumP2/absSumP2) + (sumP3/absSumP3)) / 3);
prevCmo = cmoAv[index-1];
highSell = cmoAv for last sell signal, reset to max_negative at each  buy signal;
lowBuy = cmoAv for last buy signal, reset to max_positive at each sell signal;
sell = (cmoAv MT topGuide) AND (prevCmo MT cmoAv) AND (cmoAv MT highSell);
buy = (cmoAv LT bottomGuide AND prevCmo LT cmoAv)  AND (cmoAv LT lowBuy);