Traders Toolbox: Williams %R

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Williams' %R oscillator, attributed to Larry Williams, is a variation of the stochastics indicator previously discussed. Because the two oscillators are essentially the same, only minor modifications to the formula are required. The formula for calculating %R is: %R = Hn – C / Hn – Ln where Hn = highest high of the period, C = Close of the current period and Ln = lowest low of the period.

The %R oscillator differs from the %K formula in the stochastics indicator because the outcome of each formula is inverse to the other. In other words, %K compares the close with the lowest low, whereas %R compares the close with the highest high. Similar to other oscillators, %R is plotted with horizontal zones of 20% and 80%. When the indicator has a reading of -80% or below it signifies an oversold condition. Similarly, a reading of -20% or above signals an overbought condition.


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4 thoughts on “Traders Toolbox: Williams %R

  1. Thank you again for helping me. I understand Williams and most indicators and I am learning to read stocks and making money. Today I was very successful in making a nice gain.

  2. price headley changes the period to 30. excellent performance. q - does anyone recommend an indicator to track liquidity? hank

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