Support and Resistance Indicator

Support and resistance are technical analysis terms that refer to areas of supply and demand, which may provide insight into the price action of a security.

What Is Support?

Support is the price level with a concentration of demand, where buyers stepped in previously to buy a stock. On a chart, support levels will appear as the lowest price over a given time period and, in some cases, consist of a series of lows at or near that same level. Price support may halt a decline, at least temporarily. In some cases, price support may lead to a trend reversal.

What Is Resistance?

Resistance — the opposite of support — is the price level with a concentration of supply, where sellers previously became more aggressive. On a chart, resistance levels will appear as the highest price over a given time period and in some cases, consist of a series of highs at or near that same level. Price resistance may halt an advance, at least temporarily. In some cases, price resistance may even lead to a trend reversal.

What Is the Support and Resistance Indicator?

The support and resistance indicator automatically draws zones for both values on the chart, which may give you greater insight into the significance of current price movement.

Why Use the Support and Resistance Indicator?

The support and resistance indicator may help you make decisions about when to open and close trades. Charting the support and resistance levels can give you a visual representation of its supply and demand on the market. This indicator can help you:

  • Spot a trading range.
  • See transitions in trends.
  • Identify continuation patterns.
  • Detect gaps.

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