Pivot points, S1, S2, R1, R2

This is a discussion on Pivot points, S1, S2, R1, R2 within the Discretionary Trading forums, part of the Methods category; Originally Posted by shadowninja Thanks. On IG Index 's graphs, it auto prints it. Example was on GBP/USD: it retraced ...

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Old Sep 27, 2007, 8:23pm   #11
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Originally Posted by shadowninja View Post
Thanks. On IG Index's graphs, it auto prints it. Example was on GBP/USD: it retraced to R1 then headed up to R2 before encountering resistance for the last 30 minutes.

Just seems a bit abstract. eg R2 = P + (yesterdays high - yesterdays low)

Why should such a price be so important in the greater scheme of things?
its not,

Pivot point calculation you refer to is done on per bar basis I think with Cmc & Ig index chart software, it should be calculated off real index high low and close, there are varients, and you can use open hours range ( any time range) for your days pivot.

Just gives you idea where index is so to speak and likly trading ranges, I have found best use for them comparing Dow against FTSE for example but do not trade of pivot points alone.

You tend to find R2 & S2 (extremes of range) work best, SB firms out of hours respect pivot points and often you will find they mark up Ftse to R1 for example if Dow has a good close/ discrepancies can occur

ie Ftse marked at R1 because Dow rallies last 1/2 hour, you calculate Dows Pivots and find them only just at their next days pivot, Not open book to short Ftse just gives one a little insight.

ALERT - A Trending market does not have any S & R

Hope that helps , I use em through habit and they do work, but would agree that key levels of S & R week / day high happen to be in marked area any way and are more important.

Dont forget IG are SB firm displayed charts and price is not the real market
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 8:26pm   #12
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Originally Posted by rols View Post
Some info on pivots here..


There are many types of pivot calculations and then there is the 'where do you measure from' conundrum.

Having said that, pivots, namely dynamic pivots on price and time are very powerful tools.

Take one instrument and observe for a while(I use this term in a euphonistic way), and all these things become obvious.

Pivots and S+R give one definite targets and stops to submit with entry limit price as a bracket order and hence take away the urge to tinker.
sorry to lift your post rols,

Ye I agree, nice post
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 11:10pm   #13
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Old Sep 27, 2007, 11:45pm   #14
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OHLC and HLC pivots seemed to have worked well on EURUSD and quite well on EURYEN today.
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