Range bar charts. How to analyze the delta and footprint in the ATAS platform

Range bar charts. How to analyze the delta and footprint in the ATAS platform

How to use a cluster chart with an application of such a non-standard chart type as Range Bars? Try Range Bars if you cannot select a convenient timeframe. In this article we will analyze a footprint, built in the Range Bar chart, and you will see how useful it is to look at the same market but at another angle.

The main aim of the Range Bar charts is to get rid of the market noise or of insufficient market fluctuations of the price. A Brazilian trader Vicente M. Nikolellis used this type of a chart for the first time in 1990s. The market was very volatile at that time and Nikolellis decided to use volatility as an advantage.

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How to build Range Bar charts

Principles of building range bar charts:

  • each bar is formed after passing a set price value, regardless of time;
  • each next bar opens beyond the boundaries of the upper or lower point of a previous bar;
  • each bar closes in its top or bottom point.

Thus, it is simpler to analyze the market volatility with the help of range bar charts – there will be less bars during a consolidation and more during a trend movement.

Example of reading a footprint in a Range Bar chart

We will use the volatile market of Ri, Russian Stock Market Index futures, for our practical studies.

The Range US Chart with 2/6 parameters separates trend movements from the reversal candles. Let us adjust the presentation of the cluster chart by the delta and track the activity of sellers and buyers at the moment of reversal. A good reversal point would be a predominance of aggressive sellers in a reversal candle. Ineffective attempts of the aggressive buyers to take the price under control also intensify the reversal.

Reversals that were soundly supported by the aggressive side

The candle closes below the aggressive buys after an ineffective attempt of the buyers (bright green clusters did not result in the price increase, but showed as the bulls fall into a trap). A continuation of the downward movement is well expected with such footprint patterns.

Reversals that were soundly supported by the aggressive side are shown in chart 2.

Reversals that were soundly supported by the aggressive side

The aggressive side in this case are the sellers. Their actions, directed at the price decrease, achieved effect very fast.

The cluster analysis in the following chart (Picture 3) shows efforts to reverse the market upwards, which were not supported. The buyers were not active enough and met the opposite aggressive side.

The buyers were not active enough and met the opposite aggressive side

Thus, more and more buyers are in disadvantageous positions against the downward trend.

The next chart shows how major clusters in the delta, fixing volatility splashes, form short-term intraday support and resistance levels.

Major clusters form short-term intraday support and resistance levels

Yet another example of reversals in chart 5. It shows:

  • one poorly supported reversal. It is an effort of sellers to break the emerging upward rally;
  • two soundly supported ones.

There are buys during a poorly supported reversal, which testifies to a fight

There are buys during a poorly supported reversal

Always pay attention to the general context. If the price is in a narrow range with boundaries, then the trend patterns might not work and the reversals might not have a movement potential.

If the market is in the state of temporary balance of supply and demand, it makes sense to wait for the moment when the price leaves the range in search for a new balance.

The market is in the state of temporary balance of supply and demand

The trend patterns have a movement potential when the market is in the state of imbalance.

We can see in the cluster chart of volumes 7 that the sellers support the reversal movements downward more boldly than the buyers support the upward movement. After the buyer manifested himself actively in the footprint and supported the reversal movement, he did not meet resistance of the seller and the intraday growth continued.

The buyer actively manifested himself in the footprint and supported the reversal movement

Summary

Reading the cluster analysis and range bar chart allows noticing reversals and the beginning of a new trend movement and also avoiding trade opening during the market consolidation.

The modern software provides the users with a competitive advantage and simplifies the market analysis due to a cluster chart of volumes. Read other articles from the OrderFlowTrading blog and you will have a detailed instruction for reading the cluster chart.

Check how your favorite patterns would look like in the range bar chart. Download ATAS free of charge.

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