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VWAP Volume Breakout Indicator for ThinkorSwim


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This breakout indicator identifies bullish and bearish trend when a candle crosses VWAP with abnormal volume. The way it defines high volume breakout is by using the Volume Average indicator with the length of 20 simple moving average. You can adjust this settings to your liking once you have the indicator added.

You will see a buy or sell signal when the breakout is detected.



thinkScript Code

# VWAP Breakout Above Average Volume
# Assembled by BenTen at useThinkScript.com

# You are free to use this code for personal use, and make derivative works from it.
# You are NOT GRANTED permission to use this code (or derivative works) for commercial
# purposes which includes and is not limited to selling, reselling, or packaging with
# other commercial indicators. Headers and attribution in this code should remain as provided,
# and any derivative works should extend the existing headers.

# Start VWAP
input numDevDn = -2.0;
input numDevUp = 2.0;
input timeFrame = {default DAY, WEEK, MONTH};

def cap = getAggregationPeriod();
def errorInAggregation =
    timeFrame == timeFrame.DAY and cap >= AggregationPeriod.WEEK or
    timeFrame == timeFrame.WEEK and cap >= AggregationPeriod.MONTH;
assert(!errorInAggregation, "timeFrame should be not less than current chart aggregation period");

def yyyyMmDd = getYyyyMmDd();
def periodIndx;
switch (timeFrame) {
case DAY:
    periodIndx = yyyyMmDd;
case WEEK:
    periodIndx = Floor((daysFromDate(first(yyyyMmDd)) + getDayOfWeek(first(yyyyMmDd))) / 7);
case MONTH:
    periodIndx = roundDown(yyyyMmDd / 100, 0);
def isPeriodRolled = compoundValue(1, periodIndx != periodIndx[1], yes);

def volumeSum;
def volumeVwapSum;
def volumeVwap2Sum;

if (isPeriodRolled) {
    volumeSum = volume;
    volumeVwapSum = volume * vwap;
    volumeVwap2Sum = volume * Sqr(vwap);
} else {
    volumeSum = compoundValue(1, volumeSum[1] + volume, volume);
    volumeVwapSum = compoundValue(1, volumeVwapSum[1] + volume * vwap, volume * vwap);
    volumeVwap2Sum = compoundValue(1, volumeVwap2Sum[1] + volume * Sqr(vwap), volume * Sqr(vwap));
def price = volumeVwapSum / volumeSum;
def deviation = Sqrt(Max(volumeVwap2Sum / volumeSum - Sqr(price), 0));

plot VWAP = price;
#plot UpperBand = price + numDevUp * deviation;
#plot LowerBand = price + numDevDn * deviation;


# Start Volume
input length = 20;
def Vol = volume;
def VolAvg = Average(volume, length);

def above_volume = Vol > VolAvg;
def bullish_vwap = close crosses above VWAP;

plot bull = above_volume and bullish_vwap;

def bearish_vwap = close crosses below VWAP;
plot bear = above_volume and bearish_vwap;

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Hey Ben thanks for scripting this, do you think adding the below code to your existing code, will alert me when that blue arrow shows up for Buy/Sell. Thank You
# End Study
# Added Alerts 2020-03-11
Alert(Vol crosses above VolAvg and close crosses above VWAP, text = "Buy", sound = Sound.Bell, "alert type" = Alert.BAR);
Alert(close crosses below VWAP, text = "Sell", sound = sound.Bell, "alert type" = Alert.BAR );
@mohitdas This should do it:

# Alerts
Alert(bull, " ", Alert.Bar, Sound.Chimes);
Alert(bear, " ", Alert.Bar, Sound.Bell);
@Brad This indicator does not produce any late signals. If anything, it's the issue with the alert or the alert may be going off before the candle is closed for confirmation.
You can build a scanner first, then save it as a watchlist and get alerted for new changes within that watchlist.


Regarding the second question, answer is no.
Thank you so much Mr Ben. One last question and i hope I am not annoying with this. In the screenshot below, is it possible to have the alert as function of the study instead of a fixed number?

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@BenTen - thanks for creating this - this is awesome. I am trying to set up a scanner (and ultimately an alert) for when these conditions are true. I was able to set up the scanner and receive results (have configured: 1 BAR AND ("BULL = True" OR "Bear = true")), but when I look at the chart, it is not what I expect, since I would expect the blue arrows to be within the timeframe I configure on my filter (in this case 5 min). My end result that I am trying to get is a scanner that ONLY shows me the results for stocks that meat the condition within 5 minutes of present time. Hope that makes sense.
@vmseller Did you select the correct timeframe? Do you have pre-market enabled on your chart? If not, you would have to disable extended hours for your scanner as well.

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