How to use the Commodity Channel Index (CCI) in day trading

One of the most important things reading a chart is to identify (or confirm) market trends. CCI will give you a big help on it.

Oscillators are some of the most important indicators in the financial market. These oscillators are important because of their importance in identifying when markets are overbought and oversold. They are also useful when confirming a trend.

Because of how important they are, they are used by Wall Street on a daily basis.

Some of the most common oscillators are the relative strength index (RSI), MACD, and the relative vigor index (RVI).

In this article, we will look at the commodity channel index and how you can use it in the financial market.

What is the CCI indicator?

The commodity channel index (CCI) was developed in 1980 by Donald Lambert. He published an intensive article about it in the commodities magazine after he observed unique patterns that gave him pointers when a new trend was forming or when there were extreme conditions.

Like most other indicators, the CCI was developed with a focus on the commodities market. Still, it can now be used to identify trends and countertrends in other markets like ETFs and stocks.

CCI Formula: Commodity Channel Index calculation

As with all technical indicators, it is not always necessary to know how the CCI indicator is calculated. Most traders who use it don’t have any idea about how it is derived.

If you want to know, the following formular is used to get the CCI.

commodity channel index formula

commodity channel index formula

CCI = (Typical price – 20-day SMA of TP) / (0.015 x Mean Deviation)

The TP is known as the Typical Price and is calculated by adding the high, low, and close and dividing the result by 3.

The 0.015 is known as the constant. The Standard deviation is calculated by first subtracting the most recent 20-day average of the TP from each period’s TP.

Second, you should take the absolute values of these numbers and then add these absolute values. Finally, divide this figure by the total number of periods.

As you can see, the price calculation can be very difficult for most people.

How to Use CCI when Trading

As mentioned before, the CCI measures the difference between the current price of an asset and its average change. A number that is high shows that price is above its average and a number that is low means that the price is below its average.

Therefore, the CCI can be used to identify an overbought or an oversold level. In most trading platforms like the MT4 the default period that is used is 14 (in our Ppro8 you will found 20, but of course you can change it).

Also, the CCI has three lines. These are -100, 100, and 0.

How to use CCI

As you can see above, the price tends to recover when the CCI reaches below -100. It tends to fall when it reaches +100.

However, in between, you can see a lot of false signals. This is an indication that you should never use the CCI alone. It is always recommended that you combine it with other oscillators, volumes, and trend indicators. Doing this will help reduce the likelihood of a false signal.

Also, it is recommended that you take time to develop a good CCI strategy and backtest it for a few months.

This is because of how volatile it is.

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