Percentage Trailing Stops
Percentage Trailing Stops identifies stop loss exit points for long and short positions. Select show index to find entry index number, index numbers are shown in multiples of five. The entry index number may also be found by opening the Cursor Data window. The approximate entry price is taken as the closing price at the entry index. For long positions the stop is placed below the entry price (high-(factor*price/100) and adjusts upwards if the price rises. For short positions the stop is placed above the entry price (low+(factor*low/100) and adjusts downwards if the price falls. The user may change the position (long), index number, show index option and percent factor. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.
How To Trade Using Percentage Trailing Stops
Percentage Trailing Stops are designed to aid in stop loss exit decisions. For long positions, if a low and a previous low are below the stop loss line a sell signal is generated. Conversely for short positions if a high and a previous high are above the stop short line a buy to cover signal will be given.
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//position = pos, user defined, default is long
//Index = index number, user defined, default is 100
//show index = showI, user defined, default is false
//percent factor = pct, user defined, default is 10
//enterP = entry price
//index = current bar number, prev = previous
//shortP = short position, longP = long position
longP = pos == "Long"; shortP = pos == "Short"; pct = pct / 100; //change from percent to decimal highest = 0, lowest = 0; enterP = CLOSE; enterP = round(enterP, 2); if (index == ind) if (longP) hhLl[index-1] = enterP; stop[index-1] = high - (pct * high); endIf if (shortP) hhLl[index-1] = enterP; stop[index-1] = low + (pct * low); endIf endIf prevHH = ifNull(enterP, hhLl[index-1]); prevLL = ifNull(enterP, hhLl[index-1]); pSl = ifNull(enterP, stop[index-1]); pSS = ifNull(enterP, stop[index-1]); stopL = 0; stopS = max_value; if (longP) stopL = pSL; highest = prevHH; if (high moreThan prevHH) stopL = high - (pct * high); //set new higher stop highest = high; //set new highest endIf hhLl = highest; stop = stopL; endIf if (shortP) stopS = pSS; lowest = prevLL; if (low lessThan prevLL) stopS = low + (pct * low); //set new lower stop lowest = low; //set new lowest endIf hhLl = lowest; stop = stopS; endIf //Signals prevL = low[index-1]; prevH = high[index-1]; sell = prevL moreThan stopL AND low lessThan stopL; buy = prevH lessThan stopS AND high moreThan stopS;