How to Use the Stochastic Indicator

The Stochastic oscillator is another forex chart analysis indicator that helps us determine where a trend might be ending.

By definition, a Stochastic is an oscillator that measures overbought and oversold conditions in the currency market. The 2 lines are similar to the MACD lines in the sense that one line is faster than the other.

Stochastic - Forex Chart Analysis

How to Trade Forex Using the Stochastic

As we said earlier, the Stochastic tells us when the market is overbought or oversold. The Stochastic is scaled from 0 to 100.

When the Stochastic lines are above 80 (the red dotted line in the chart above), then it means the market is overbought. When the Stochastic lines are below 20 (the blue dotted line), then it means that the market is oversold.

As a rule of thumb, we buy when the market is oversold, and we sell when the market is overbought.

Stochastic overbought - Forex Chart Analysis

Looking at the currency chart above, you can see that the indicator has been showing overbought conditions for quite some time. Based on this information, can you guess where the price might go?

Forex Chart Analysis - Price drops after Stochastic hit overbought

If you said the price would drop, then you are absolutely correct! Because the market was overbought for such a long period of time, a reversal was bound to happen.

That is the basics of the Stochastic. Many forex traders use the Stochastic in different ways, but the main purpose of the indicator is to show us where the market conditions could be overbought or oversold.

Over time, you will learn to use the Stochastic to fit your own personal forex trading style.

Okay, let’s move on to RSI.

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  1. How to Use Bollinger Bands
  2. How to Use the MACD Indicator
  3. How to Use Parabolic SAR
  4. How to Use the Stochastic Indicator
  5. How to Use RSI (Relative Strength Index)
  6. How to Use ADX (Average Directional Index)
  7. Ichimoku Kinko Hyo
  8. Trading with Multiple Chart Indicators
  9. What is the Best Technical Indicator in Forex?
  10. Summary: Popular Chart Indicators