Rate of Change (ROC)

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DEFINITION

The Rate of Change indicator (ROC) is a momentum oscillator. It calculates the percent change in price between periods. ROC takes the current price and compares it to a price "n" periods (user defined) ago. The calculated value is then plotted and fluctuates above and below a Zero Line. A technical analyst may use Rate of Change (ROC) for; trend identification, and identifying overbought and oversold conditions.

CALCULATION

n = A user defined number

ROC = [(CurrentClose - Close n periods ago) / (Close n periods ago)] X 100

THE BASICS

Rate of Change (ROC) is obviously closely tied to price. When prices are rising or advancing, ROC values remain above the Zero Line (positive) and when they are falling or declining, they remain below the Zero Line (negative).

Also, keep in mind that even though ROC is an oscillator, it is not bounded to a set range. The reason for this is that there is no limit to how far a security can advance in price but of course there is a limit to for far it can decline. If price goes to $0, then it obviously will not decline any further. Because of this, ROC can sometimes appear to be unbalanced.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Trend Identification

The Rate of Change (ROC) indicator is can be a good tool for identifying the overall long term trend of a financial instrument. This may not lead to a signal independently, however it can help confirm other, signal-generating conditions.

Overbought and Oversold

As previously mentioned, ROC is not range bound like many other oscillators. Because of this, identifying overbought and oversold conditions can be a little less straightforward. Knowing where to place the overbought and oversold thresholds can be difficult. The best way to accomplish this, is by using research and historical analysis. A technical analyst can look at past price movements compared to the ROC to get a better sense of when an instrument is truly overbought or oversold.

SUMMARY

With the Rate of Change indicator (ROC) it is important to remember that it is best to view it as just one piece of the puzzle. ROC can generate some signals (as seen with overbought and oversold conditions). However, it really becomes most effective when confirming signals or conditions identified by additional technical analysis. Momentum is an extremely important factor when analyzing price movements, and the ROC analyzes momentum quite well. Because of this, it is a valuable technical analysis tool.

HOW TO USE IN TRADINGVIEW

  1. Navigate to https://www.tradingview.com/
  2. On the landing page, enter a symbol and click "Launch Chart"
  3. Within the Toolbar along the top of the chart select "Indicators" and choose the one you would like to add to your chart.
  4. To make changes to your Indicator you will need to access the Formatting Window.
  5. You can access the Formatting Window by either clicking on the Blue "Format" button in the Chart Header next to the Indicator name, or by right clicking on the Indicator in the chart itself and selecting "Format".

INPUTS

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Length

The time period to be used in calculating the ROC. 9 is the default.

Source

Determines what data from each bar will be used in calculations. Close is the default.

STYLE

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ROC

Can toggle the visibility of the ROC as well as the visibility of a price line showing the actual current price of the ROC. Can also select the ROC Line's color, line thickness and visual style.

Precision

Sets the number of decimal places to be left on the indicator's value before rounding up. The higher this number, the more decimal points will be on the indicator's value.

PROPERTIES

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Last Value on Price Scale

Toggles the visibility of the Indicator Value on the vertical axis.

Arguments in Header

Toggles the visibility of the indicator's name and settings in the upper left hand corner of the chart.

Scaling

Scales the indicator to either the Right or to the Left.