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Program 43 | Trend and compression/consolidation finder

Recently, a client asked whether I had created any programs that helped determine whether an ‘instrument’ was in an area of consolidation or compression or was trending. Obviously this is very difficult to achieve, but that is what program 43, a PaintBar study looks at.

Program 43 indicator and paintbar study applied to AUDUSD 60 minute chart

The program works by calculating a compression factor to gain a sense of whether the price might be in a compression zone. It also calculates a triple smoothed version of the compression factor and another calculation that takes compression factor pivot values, stores them in an array, and finds the average of the array.  If the current value of the compression factor is less than both the smoothed value and the average of the array, then the corresponding bar on the chart is colored using a paint bar. I explain this in more detail in the video.

I have also included a bonus video for Gold Pass members that explains how pivot values for the compression factor are stored in the array and averaged (see below).

Video demonstration of consolidation finder

Paintbar study user inputs

Length( 7 ), // Length used in compression factor calculation
Smooth( 10 ), // Smoothing factor used in the calculation of triple smoothed Compression Factor
CompressionColor( LightGray ); // Color used to paint bars in compression zones

Indicator user inputs

Length( 7 ), // Length used in compression factor calculation
Smooth( 10 ); // Smoothing factor used in the calculation of triple smoothed Compression Factor

Program 43 applied to a 60 minute @ES chart. Notice the compression that occurred before the 0800 bar and the compression that took place after the trend that began at about 0800, indicated by the dark gray bars. The companion indicator is also applied to the chart.
Program 43 applied to 5 minute @YM chart

The program is unprotected, commented and fairly easy to understand.

I also include a companion indicator that uses the same algorithms as the paintbar study. You might find it interesting to study the lines to see why bars have been painted using the paintbar study.

The programs were developed in TradeStation 9.0 and work on tick, volume, intraday, daily, weekly, and monthly charts in TradeStation 9.0 and above. Because the programs are unprotected you can open them up and see the program code as well as modify it.

This unprotected and commented programs (i.e. the TradeStation EasyLanguage paintbar study and indicator) are available for immediate download for $39.95 by clicking the ‘add to cart’ button. You can pay with credit card or PayPal.


As usual, Gold Pass members get an additional 20% discount off all program and tutorial prices. If you are a Gold Pass member make sure you enter the special coupon code to get 20% discount off these prices.

The program 43 indicator and paintbar study applied to a 60 minute Amazon chart.

This unprotected and commented programs (i.e. the TradeStation EasyLanguage paintbar study and indicator) are available for immediate download for $39.95 by clicking the ‘add to cart’ button. You can pay with credit card or PayPal.

If you are are a Gold Pass member, make sure you are logged in to see the following content:
This content is for members only.

Additional screen shots

Program 43 (paintbar study and indicator) applied to EURUSD range bar chart. Range set to 0.0005
Program 43 (paintbar study and indicator) applied to EURUSD range bar chart. Range set to 0.0005
Program 43 (paintbar study and indicator) applied to EURUSD range bar chart. Range set to 0.0005

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