Commodity Channel Index

The Commodity Channel Index (CCI) was originally introduced by Donald Lambert in 1980. The CCI is designed to identify cyclical turns in commodities. It assumes that commodities move in cycles, with highs and lows coming at periodic intervals. It is recommended to use 1/3 of a complete cycle as a time frame (IE: for a 60 day cycle use 20 day CCI). The user may change only the period length. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.
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How To Trade Using Commodity Channel Index

Adjust the top and bottom guides to control the quantity and quality of the trading signals. If the CCI crosses above the top guide a sell signal will be generated, Conversely, if the CCI crosses below the bottom guide a buy signal will be given.


How To Access in MotiveWave

Go to the top menu, choose Study>General>Commodity Channel Index

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//period = user defined, default is 20
//LT = less than, LOR= = less or equal
//index = current bar number

TP[] = new [period];
j = 0;
sum = 0;
for(int i = index-period+1; i LOR= index; i++)
      TP[j] = getTypicalPrice(i);
      sum += TP[j];
SMATP = sum / period;      
// Calculate the Mean Deviation
sum = 0;
for(int i = 0; i LT TP.length; i++) 
      sum += Math.abs(TP[i]-SMATP);
MD = sum / period;
Plot: CCI = (TP[period-1] - SMATP) / (.015*MD);
buy = crossedAbove(CCI, topGuide);
sell = crossedBelow(CCI, bottomGuide);