Pivot Points Standard

Pivot Points Standard — is a technical indicator that is used to determine the levels at which price may face support or resistance. The Pivot Points indicator consists of a pivot point (PP) level and several support (S) and resistance (R) levels.

Calculation

PP, resistance and support values are calculated in different ways, depending on the type of the indicator, specified by the Type field in indicator inputs. To calculate PP and support/resistance levels, the values OPENcurr, OPENprev, HIGHprev, LOWprev, CLOSEprev are used, which are the values of the current open and previous open, high, low and close, respectively, on the indicator resolution. The indicator resolution is set by the input of the Pivots Timeframe. If the Pivots Timeframe is set to AUTO (the default value), then the increased resolution is determined by the following algorithm:

  • for intraday resolutions up to and including 15 min, DAY (1D) is used
  • for intraday resolutions more than 15 min, WEEK (1W) is used
  • for daily resolutions MONTH is used (1W)
  • for weekly and monthly resolutions, 12-MONTH (12M) is used

Types

Tradingview uses the following types of the Pivot Points indicator:

  • Traditional
  • Fibonacci
  • Woodie
  • Classic
  • Demark
  • Camarilla

The calculation formulas for each type are given below.

Traditional
    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev) / 3
    R1 = PP * 2 - LOWprev
    S1 = PP * 2 - HIGHprev
    R2 = PP + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S2 = PP - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R3 = PP * 2 + (HIGHprev - 2 * LOWprev)
    S3 = PP * 2 - (2 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R4 = PP * 3 + (HIGHprev - 3 * LOWprev)
    S4 = PP * 3 - (3 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R5 = PP * 4 + (HIGHprev - 4 * LOWprev)
    S5 = PP * 4 - (4 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
Fibonacci
    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev) / 3
    R1 = PP + 0.382 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S1 = PP - 0.382 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R2 = PP + 0.618 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S2 = PP - 0.618 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R3 = PP + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S3 = PP - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
Woodie
    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + 2 * OPENcurr) / 4
    R1 = 2 * PP - LOWprev
    S1 = 2 * PP - HIGHprev
    R2 = PP + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S2 = PP - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R3 =  HIGHprev + 2 * (PP -  LOWprev)
    S3 =  LOWprev - 2 * (HIGHprev - PP)
    R4 = R3 + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S4 = S3 - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
Classic
    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev) / 3
    R1 = 2 * PP - LOWprev
    S1 = 2 * PP - HIGHprev
    R2 = PP + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S2 = PP - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R3 = PP + 2 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S3 = PP - 2 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R4 = PP + 3 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S4 = PP - 3 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
Demark
    IF  OPENprev == CLOSEprev
    X = HIGHprev + LOWprev + 2 * CLOSEprev
    ELSE 
    IF CLOSEprev >  OPENprev
        X = 2 * HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev
    ELSE
        X = 2 * LOWprev + HIGHprev + CLOSEprev
    PP = X / 4
    R1 = X / 2 - LOWprev
    S1 = X / 2 - HIGHprev
Camarilla
    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev) / 3
    R1 = CLOSEprev + 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 12
    S1 = CLOSEprev - 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 12
    R2 = CLOSEprev + 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 6
    S2 = CLOSEprev - 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 6
    R3 = CLOSEprev + 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 4
    S3 = CLOSEprev - 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 4
    R4 = CLOSEprev + 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 2
    S4 = CLOSEprev - 1.1 * (HIGHprev - LOWprev) / 2

Calculation example

Input: NASDAQ:AAPL, 5 minutes timeframe. We calculate the Pivot Points values on June 19, 2019 by choosing the following inputs:

  • Type: Traditional
  • Pivots Timeframe: Auto

First, let's determine the indicator resolution (the algorithm is described above). Resolution of the chart is 5 minutes, i.e. intraday less than 15 minutes, so the indicator resolution is 1D. Therefore, we obtain the values of the high, low, close series for the previous day, i.e. June 18, 2019:

HIGHprev = 200.29
LOWprev = 195.21
CLOSEprev = 198.45

We calculate the values of PP, S, and P according to the formula for the Traditional type:

    PP = (HIGHprev + LOWprev + CLOSEprev) / 3
    R1 = PP * 2 - LOWprev
    S1 = PP * 2 - HIGHprev
    R2 = PP + (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    S2 = PP - (HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R3 = PP * 2 + (HIGHprev - 2 * LOWprev)
    S3 = PP * 2 - (2 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R4 = PP * 3 + (HIGHprev - 3 * LOWprev)
    S4 = PP * 3 - (3 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    R5 = PP * 4 + (HIGHprev - 4 * LOWprev)
    S5 = PP * 4 - (4 * HIGHprev - LOWprev)
    PP = (200.29 + 195.21 + 198.45) / 3 = 197.983333333
    R1 = 197.983333333 * 2 - 195.21 = 200,756666666
    S1 = 197.983333333 * 2 - 200.29 = 195,676666666
    R2 = 197.983333333 + (200.29 - 195.21) = 203,063333333
    S2 = 197.983333333 - (200.29 - 195.21) = 192,903333333
    R3 = 197.983333333 * 2 + (200.29 - 2 * 195.21) = 205,836666666
    S3 = 197.983333333 * 2 - (2 * 200.29 - 195.21) = 190,596666666
    R4 = 197.983333333 * 3 + (200.29 - 3 * 195.21) = 208,609999999
    S4 = 197.983333333 * 3 - (3 * 200.29 - 195.21) = 188,289999999
    R5 = 197.983333333 * 4 + (200.29 - 4 * 195.21) = 211,383333332
    S5 = 197.983333333 * 4 - (4 * 200.29 - 195.21) = 185,983333332

Minor differences in values may be due to specifics of rounding.

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