Support Resistance 4.0
Metatrader Indicator (MT4/MT5)
Tired of plotting support and resistance lines? The Support Resistance is a multi-timeframe indicator that auto-detects and plots supports and resistance lines in the chart with a very interesting twist: as price levels are tested over time and its importance raises, the lines become thicker and darker.
- Boost your technical analysis overnight
- Detect important price levels without browsing through charts
- Recognize the relative strength of all price levels at a glance
- Save up to half an hour of plotting lines for every trade
- The indicator displays the age of all price levels
- The indicator is non-repainting
Past and present price levels are collapsed by proximity and adjusted to the current market action. Lines are drawn where the action is and not necessarily at the peaks.
- Price levels get darker and wider as they get rejected over time
- Unimportant price levels are cleared regularly to avoid noise
- Customizable timeframe selection and collapse factor
- It implements email/sound/push alerts for breakouts
A brief introduction
Resistance and support lines are price levels which temporarily halt or reverse the continuous movement of the trend. When the trend is bearish, support lines are created where sellers are temporarily (or sometimes permanently) exhausted and cannot press the quote any lower. Conversely, during a bullish trend, the price level where buyers are checked is called a resistance line.
How are support and resistance levels created?
When a dealer enters a buy order, the broker has the order filled by executing as many offers as possible until the amount the customer desires is reached. If the original order is a large market order, the broker will keep climbing on the price ladder until the order is fulfilled. Support and resistance points are created when the total orders in the market are not enough to clear the offers at a particular price level. When the orders are sell orders, and there are more than enough buyers at a particular price to exhaust the sellers, that price level is called a support; when there are more sellers than the buyers' orders can clear, the price level is a resistance.
Since many participants expect a price level to resist or support the quote, that price level will act in the anticipated manner regardless of what the other variables suggest. In a sense, technical analysts claim that traders behave like pack animals.
Why support and resistance levels work
Emotionally charged events are remembered better and have a stronger impact in human behavior. The market causes joy or trauma to its participants and this is why support and resistance lines work. But there are a few more reasons.
- Resistance and support are relatively easy to identify on charts. From the most seasoned analyst to the forex freshman, traders don't have a lot of trouble identifying and drawing support and resistance lines.
- Support and resistance lines often receive a lot of attention from news sources like Bloomberg or CNBC. The public is led to identify a particular price as a decisive or key level, and when it acts accordingly, the significance of these levels is easily established.
- Support/resistance lines are not just imaginary lines drawn at the whim of the analyst. Multi-year, multi-month, multi-week support and resistance are often defended by large order clusters, originating enormous transaction volumes.
How to trade using price levels
The basic and most important usage of price levels it not to trade breakouts like most people think, but to recognize price ranges in which a trade can move favorably without being disrupted. Support and resistance levels are not fixed prices, but price ranges: this is why breakouts do not work very well by their own.
The best scenario to go long is the following:
- A support has been tested and rejected, meaning the price has closed above it. Hopefully, creating a reversal or continuation pattern of some sort.
- The distance to the next resistance is bigger than the distance to the rejected support. This simple fact increases the odds of the trade moving in your advantage without disruption and increases the expectancy of the trade.
The exact opposite applies for shorts. Let's look at some examples.
Some trading examples
The goal of using support and resistance lines is to find price ranges in which a trade can move favorably without being disrupted and increase the expectancy of your trades. The perfect setup is a strong rejection of a price level far away from the next one. Below are a few examples.
- ≡ Input parameters
When loading the indicator or EA to any chart, you will be presented with a set of options as input parameters. Don't despair if you think they are too many, because parameters are grouped into self-explanatory blocks.
- Indicator Settings
- The indicator will read price from the current timeframe, but you can optionally select another one. For instance, you can display D1 support and resistance lines in H4 charts. You can also choose what amount of price levels to display on the chart, using the price level density parameter
- Color Settings
- Label Settings
- Enable display/email/push/sound alerts for breakouts.
Enter your desired colors for support and resistance lines based on importance.
Optionally, labels that display the age of each support and resistance line can be displayed in the indicator. This is disabled by default. You can choose label font and size.
- ? FAQ
- Why do past support and resistance levels move?
- Past price levels are adapted to the current market action, in order to connect as much past price action as possible with the current rejected level. If you want price levels to stay just where they were, decrease the SmoothFactor parameter.
- Why am I seeing different line colors on the chart?
- Different colors and line widths are used to inform about the relative strength of the different support and resistance lines present in the chart. Dark colors and wide lines are strong price levels, while soft colors and thin lines are price levels which have not been rejected many times in the past.
- What are the dotted red price levels?
- Dotted red lines are short-term price levels, which are candidates for becoming a definitive price level in the near future. They can be used to fine-tune your trades.
- Hey! I have seen a price level dissapear. What happened?
- Don't worry about it. Unimportant and old price levels are cleared regularly to avoid noise. A price level that has been rejected several times is never deleted from the chart.