Trend Strength: Measuring The Duration Of A Trend

The importable AIQ EDS file based on Richard Poster’s article in February 2021 issue, of Stocks & Commodities “Trend Strength: Measuring The Duration Of A Trend,” Getting a good reading on trend strength is an important and useful metric to have when trading. Here, we introduce a new technique that makes use of a less common approach to measuring the strength of a trend… can be obtained on request via email to The code is also shown here:

!Trend Strength: Measuring The Duratioin of A Trend !Author: Richard Poster, TASC Feb 2021 
!Coded by: Richard Denning 12/12/2020
TPRlen is 20.
SMAlen is 5.
ThrshFixed is 1.0.
MULT is 10.
C is [close]. _point is 0.01.

sma1 is simpleavg(C,SMAlen,0).
sma2 is simpleavg(C,SMAlen,1).
smadiff is (sma1 - sma2)/(MULT*_point).
up if smadiff>ThrshFixed.
dn if smadiff<-ThrshFixed.
countP is countof(up,TPRlen).
countM is countof(dn,TPRlen).
tpr is abs(100*(countP-countM)/TPRlen).
ListValues if 1.

Code for the TPR indicator is set up in the AIQ code file for stocks with point value equal to 0.01. Figure 7 shows the indicator on a chart of Apple Inc. (AAPL).

Sample Chart
FIGURE 7: AIQ. The TPR indicator is shown on a chart of Apple Inc. (AAPL).

—Richard Denning
for AIQ Systems