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How to Trade Stock Indices Classic Bullish Divergence and Bearish Divergence - Classical Bullish Divergence vs Classical Bearish Divergence

In stock index trading, classic divergence is used as a possible sign for a stock indices trend reversal and is used by stock indices traders when looking for an area where stock indices trading price could reverse and start going in the opposite direction. For this reason this stock indices setup is used as a low risk entry method and also as an accurate way of exit out of a stock indices trade.

 

This trading strategy is a low risk method to sell near the top or buy near the bottom, this makes the risk on your trades are very small relative to the potential reward. However, this is one method with very many whipsaws and most traders do not recommend using it.

 

Divergence in Trading is also used to predict the optimum point at which to exit a trade. If you already have an open trade that is already profitable, a good way to spot a profit taking level would be the point where you spot this stock indices setup.

 

There are two types, based on the direction of the Stock Indices Trading trend:

  1. Classic Bullish divergence
  2. Classic Bearish divergence

 

Stock Indices Classic Bullish Divergence

Classic bullish divergence setup occurs when stock indices trading price is making lower lows (LL), but the oscillator is making higher lows (HL). The example illustrated below shows a picture of this stock indices setup.

Stock Indices Classic Bullish Divergence Stock Indices Setup - Classical Bullish Divergence vs Classical Bearish Divergence

Stock Indices Classic Bullish Divergence

 

This example uses MACD indicator as a Stock Indices Trading divergence indicator.

From the above example the stock indices trading price made a lower low(LL) but the indicator made a higher low(HL), this shows there is a divergence between the stock indices trading price and the indicator. This signal warns of a possible stock indices trend reversal.

 

Classic bullish diverging signal warns of a possible change in the stock indices trend from down to up. This is because even though the stock indices trading price went lower the volume of sellers that pushed the stock indices trading price lower was less as illustrated by the MACD technical indicator. This indicates underlying weakness of the downward Stock Indices Trading trend.

 

 

Classic bearish divergence

Classic bearish divergence setup occurs when stock indices trading price is making a higher high (HH), but the oscillator is lower high (LH). The image below shows an example of the setup.

Stock Indices Classic Bearish Divergence Stock Indices Setup - Classical Bullish Divergence vs Classical Bearish Divergence

Stock Indices Classic Bearish Divergence

 

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This example also uses MACD indicator

From the above example the stock indices trading price made a higher high(HH) but the indicator made a Lower High(LH), this shows there is a divergence between the stock indices trading price and the indicator. This signal warns of a possible stock indices trend reversal.

 

Classic bearish diverging signal warns of a possible change in the stock indices trend from up to down. This is because even though the stock indices trading price went higher the volume of buyers that pushed the stock indices trading price higher was less as illustrated by the MACD indicator. This indicates underlying weakness of the upward Stock Indices Trading trend.

 

In the above examples, if you had used divergence to trade you would have gotten good trading signals to enter or exit the trades at an optimal point. However, divergence trading signals just like other trading indicators, is also prone to whipsaws. that is why it's always good to confirm the diverging trading signals with other technical indicators such as the RSI, Moving Averages and Stochastic Oscillator.

 

A good indicator to combine classic diverging setups is the stochastic oscillator and wait for the stochastic lines to move in the direction of the divergence signal so as to confirm the trading signal.

 

Another good indicator to combine with is the moving average indicator, in this indicator a stock indices trader should use the Moving Average Crossover System

 

Example of Moving Average Crossover Method Strategy

Strategies of Moving Average Crossover Method

 

Once the divergence signal is given, a stock indices trader will then wait for the Moving average crossover system to give a trading signal in the same direction, if there is a classic bullish setup, a stock indices trader will wait for the moving average system to give an upward crossover signal, while for a bearish classic divergence signal the stock indices trader should wait for the Moving average crossover system to give a downward bearish crossover trading signal.

 

By combining the classic divergence trading signals with other technical indicators this way, a stock indices trader will be able to avoid whipsaws when it comes to trading the classic diverging signals, because the stock indices trader will wait until the stock indices market has actually reversed and is already moving towards this direction, hence the stock indices trader will not fall into the trap of picking market tops and bottoms.

 

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