Divergent Bars

Divergent Bars by Bill Williams, is a overlay displaying up and down arrows on certain price bars. Divergent Bars (Bullish-green; the current bar must have lower low than previous bar AND current bar must close in the upper half) (Bearish-red; The current bar must have a higher high than previous bar AND current bar must close in the lower half). This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

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How To Trade Using Divergent Bars

Buy signals are generated if the current low is less than the pervious low and the close is more than the midpoint price. Sell signals are generated if the current high is more than the pervious high and the close is less than the midpoint price.

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//currentAverage = midpoint = (high+low)/2previous
//prev = previous
//LT = lessThan, index = current bar number
//MT = moreThan

prevLow = Low[index-1]);
prevHigh = High[index-1];
currentAverage = (High + Low) / 2;
buy = (Low LT prevLow AND Close MT currentAverage);
sell = (High MT prevHigh AND Close LT currentAverage);