Pivot Points

Floor Pivot Points

The floor pivot points, presented in the first column of the calculation results table, are the most basic and popular type of pivots used in Forex trading technical analysis. The pivot point is interpreted as the primary support/resistance level — the point at which the main trend will be born. First-third level resistance and support points serve as additional indicators of possible trend reversal or continuation. The formula to calculate floor pivot points are quite simple.

Pivot(P) = (H+L+C)/3
Resistance(R1) = (2×P)−L
R2 = P+H−L
R3 = H+2×(P−L)
Support(S1) = (2×P)−H
S2 = P−H+L
S3 = L−2×(H−P)

Tom DeMark’s Pivot Points

Other popular method of calculating the pivots to forecast the future of the trend is Tom DeMark’s pivot points, which are not pivot points exactly, but are the predicted lows and highs of the period. To calculate DeMark’s pivot points follow the rules displayed on the right.

If Close < Open Then X = H+2×L+C;
If Close > Open Then X = 2×H+L+C;
If Close = Open Then X = H+L+2×C;
New High = X/2−L;
New Low = X/2−H

Camarilla Pivot Points

Camarilla pivot points are a set of eight very probable levels which resemble support and resistance values for a current trend. The origin and the precise way to calculate these pivot points are unclear. The most important is that these pivot points work for all traders and help in setting the right stop-loss and take-profit orders. The given rules are used to calculate Camarilla pivot points.

 R4 = (H−L)×1.1/2+C
R3 = (H−L)×1.1/4+C
R2 = (H−L)×1.1/6+C
R1 = (H−L)×1.1/12+C
S1 = C−(H−L)×1.1/12
S2 = C−(H−L)×1.1/6
S3 = C−(H−L)×1.1/4
S4 = C−(H−L)×1.1/2

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