Program 48 | Trade planner and fib tool

Program 48 draws two horizontal lines on a chart and fib retracement lines at 38.2%, 61.8%, 138.2% and 161.8%. The user may drag the top or bottom lines or ‘stretch’ them to the right or left. If they are moved or resized then the Fibonacci levels are adjusted accordingly. In addition the lines can be calculated from top to bottom or bottom to top, depending on a user input.

The tool also displays, as text above the top or bottom lines, the price difference between the two lines and that distance expressed in money terms (based on a user input number of shares, contracts or units). For currencies that are not denominated in the currency set for your TradeStation account, a conversion is made automatically. The program automatically calculates the correct number of decimal places and the lines will automatically be positioned on the nearest tick. For example, for @ES this means that a line can only be on a 1, 0.25, 0.5, or 0.75 increment.

Program 48 applied to a 3 minute @ES chart

Program 48 applied to a 3 minute @ES chart

Program 48 was designed for TradeStation 9.1 and above. A different version for MultiCharts will be available in due course.

An unprotected version of program 48 is available for download for $29.95

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Program 48 applied to a 600 tick IBM chart

Program 48 applied to a 600 tick IBM chart

Inputs

LotSize( 1 ), // For futures and stocks this is the number of contracts or shares to calculate the difference between the two lines in terms of money value. For Forex this is the number of currency units in a lot.

origTopVal( GetAppInfo(aiLowestDispValue) + 0.75 *(GetAppInfo(aiHighestDispValue) – GetAppInfo(aiLowestDispValue)) ),
origBottomVal( GetAppInfo(aiLowestDispValue) + 0.25 * (GetAppInfo(aiHighestDispValue) – GetAppInfo(aiLowestDispValue)) ),
origLeftDate( JulianToDate( IntPortion( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .25 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) ) ),
origLeftTime( HoursFromDateTime( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .25 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) * 100 + MinutesFromDateTime( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .25 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) ),
origRightDate( JulianToDate( IntPortion( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .75 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) ) ),
origRightTime( HoursFromDateTime( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .75 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) * 100 + MinutesFromDateTime( GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) + .75 * ( GetAppInfo( aiRightDispDateTime ) – GetAppInfo( aiLeftDispDateTime ) ) ) ),

TopLineCol( Red ), // Color of top line
BottomLineCol( Yellow ), // Color of bottom line
FibCol382( Cyan ), // Color of 38.2% Fibonacci level
FibCol618( LightGray ), // Color of 61.8% Fibonacci level
FibCol1382( Magenta ), // Color of 138.2% Fibonacci level
FibCol1618( Magenta ), // Color of 161.8% Fibonacci level

HiLo( True ) // If true, retracements are calculated from top down, if false, from bottom up

Note: The program tries to place the lines, initially, in the center of the chart from where the user can move them around by dragging with a cursor. The calculations in the user inputs: origTopVal, origBottomVal, origLeftDate, origLeftTime, origRightDate, and origRightTime create the original positioning. This works well for continuous contracts but does not work so well for non-continuous contracts. In this case the user can replace the calculations with appropriate input values, i.e. a left date and time that can be seen on the chart and a right date and time that can be seen on the chart.

If you change symbol then the easiest thing to do is to turn the status of the show me study off, and then back on again.

Partial data situation

When a chart indicates that there is ‘partial data’ i.e. ‘PD” is visible in the top left hand corner of the chart, the program calculates the initial positions correctly, however when the chart automatically refreshes, the lines may appear to disappear. To remedy this change the status of program 48 to off and then back to on.

Video of program 48

An unprotected version of program 48 is available for download for $29.95

An explanation of the information line syntax

Diff = TopVal – BottomVal;

If HiLo then
Begin
Str = “Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff, DecPlaces ) + ” $Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff * BigPointValue * LotSize * ProfitCF , DecPlaces );
Text_SetLocation( TopValTxt2, LeftDate, LeftTime, TopVal ) ;
Text_SetString( TopValTxt2, Str );
End

Else
Begin
Str = “Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff, DecPlaces ) + ” $Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff * BigPointValue * LotSize * ProfitCF , DecPlaces );
Text_SetLocation( TopValTxt2, LeftDate, LeftTime, BottomVal ) ;
Text_SetString( TopValTxt2, Str );
End;

This code is repeated in several places throughout the program, so if you do decide to make any changes make sure that you repeat them in the appropriate places.

The part of the code that actually creates the information text is:

Str = “Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff, DecPlaces ) + ” $Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff * BigPointValue * LotSize * ProfitCF , DecPlaces );

Diff is the difference between the level of the top line and the bottom line. If you wanted to add another value, say at the TopVal (the level of the top line) plus the Diff then the syntax would become:

Str = “Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff, DecPlaces ) + ” $Diff: ” + NumToStr( Diff * BigPointValue * LotSize * ProfitCF , DecPlaces ) + ” More: ” + NumToStr( TopVal + Diff, DecPlaces );

Notice that the syntax converts the numbers into strings to a specified number of decimal places (DecPlaces). DecPlaces is automatically calculated by the program.

An unprotected version of program 48 is available for download for $29.95

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