Power Trend Pro ⌁ Real-Time Uptrend Detector

Power Trend Pro

When a Power Trend is active, there is a stronger than usual uptrend underway. The concept of a Power Trend was defined by Investor's Business Daily, more specifically, their Market School course designed to mimic the trading style of IBD's Founder, William O'Neil.

The uptrends of the Nasdaq Composite were studied in great detail, looking for characteristics that were similar across significant uptrends. The end result was a set of rules that define when a Power Trend starts and ends.

What is a Power Trend?

How to Spot Power Trends on a Chart

Power Trends on NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500

Mike Webster on Power Trends (previously a Portfolio Manager at IBD)
- How to Make Money with the Power Trend (video)
- Power Trends & Making More Money In Growth Stocks

Detecting Power Trends on Any Index or Symbol

As defined by IBD's Market School, the price action in a major index, such as the Nasdaq Composite, is the source for determining a Power Trend's status.

However, one significant advantage of this indicator is that you can view Power Trend status with any symbol you choose, from commodities to ETF's to crypto.

Important Note:

▪ This indicator is only active when viewing a daily chart of an index or fund. This follows with the same logic that Investor's Business Daily uses to determine when a Power Trends starts and ends as the required calculations are based on several daily moving averages.

What Starts a Power Trend?

▪ Low is above the 21-day EMA for at least 10 days.
▪ 21-day EMA is above the 50-day SMA for at least five days.
▪ 50-day SMA is in an uptrend.
▪ Closes up for the day.

What Ends a Power Trend?

▪ 21-day EMA crosses under 50-day SMA.
▪ Close 10% below recent high and below the 50-day SMA.

Show Power Trend Status

With this indicator there are four unique ways to highlight Power Trends on a chart, each is shown in the chart that follows:

If you prefer to keep your charts clean, the stoplight option may be your best bet. This chart signal displays green, yellow or gray depending on the status of the Power Trend. For example, when the light is green, a Power Trend is on. Yellow signals the Power Trend is still in place, however, the price is below the 50-day SMA. Gray equates to Power Trend is off.


Additional Examples of Power Trends

The example below shows a Power Trend on the ARKK ETF.


A Power Trend ends when the 21-day EMA crosses under the 50-day SMA.

Crossing 21-Day EMA

You can view an optional table that shows the status of each moving average and the progress towards the start of a new Power Trend.

Status Table Showing Progress Towards Next Power Trend

There is a Power Trend "circuit-breaker" when the price breaks below the 50-day line and closes 10% or more from a recent high.

Circuit Breaker

Alerts on Start and End of a Power Trend

In addition to the visual signals mentioned above, you can also set Alerts to be notified when a Power Trend starts or ends. This is one of the more unique and helpful features of this indicator.

For example, you can create an Alert on the Nasdaq Composite that will send a message whenever the requirements for a Power Trend are met. Given TradingView alerts are stored server-side, you can be on notified even if you are not currently running TradingView.

To set an Alert:

▪ Make sure you are viewing an index or fund
▪ Right-click on chart and select 'Add alert'
▪ From the Condition select 'Power Trend'
▪ Choose either 'Power Trend Started' or 'Power Trend Ended'
▪ Select 'Once Per Bar Close'


▪ Four options to highlight where Power Trends starts and ends:
• Custom colored bars.
• Stoplight with configurable location.
• Custom symbol and color above bar.
• Custom symbol and color below bar.
▪ Show recent high price, configurable font size and color.
▪ Custom alerts on the start and/or end of a Power Trend.

Paid Versus Free Power Trend Indicator

▪ Can only show symbols above/below bars
▪ Limited options for historical analysis as only one Power Trend is visible on that chart at any one time.

▪ Custom Alerts on start/end of a Power Trend - Very handy to keep tabs on continuation of trends.
▪ Draw custom boxes around Power Trend - Ideal for historical analysis.
▪ Change bar colors when in a Power Trend - For a unique, custom look.
▪ Symbols across bottom in Power Trend - Custom styles and colors.
▪ Traffic light on Power Trend, showing green/red/yellow - view Power Trend status at a glance.
▪ Track the progress towards the next Power Trend for each of the four required criteria.
▪ All future updates including support for scanning for stocks in a Power Trend (when TradingView adds support for custom scanners).

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Power Trend Pro ⌁ Real-Time Uptrend Detector