VWAP: The Ultimate Day Trading Tool

VWAP stands for Volume Weighted Average Price . In simple terms it is the average price weighted by volume . Don't worry I ll explain.

The Calculations:

Firstly the average of the high, low, and close: (H+L+C)/3, is calculated (technically known as the typical price). This typical price is multiplied by the candle's volume (depending on time frame used). The cumulative total is calculated with each successive candle. Cumulative volume is also calculated along with this. Then divide the cumulative total of price-volume by the cumulative total of volume .
And we get VWAP . Fresh calculation start every day at 9:15am and end at 3:15pm.

Sounds difficult?? Simply apply the tool on a chart and you are ready to go.


Vwap is used by institutional players having huge orders. VWAP helps these institutions determine the liquid price points, near the vwap , for a stock over a very short time period. VWAP serves as a reference point for prices for one day. As such, it is best suited for intraday analysis.

For me personally, it works best on any where between 1 minute to 5 minutes timeframes. I suggest you to read the full post before reaching at conclusions :)

Two Strategies:

Hit and Run:
We buy as the price pulls back to the vwap . We wait for a signal candle reflecting buying interest and pull the trigger. Here we place the stop below the vwap or the previous swing low, whichever is lower. The advantage is that on this lower timeframe stop will be small. For exits use targeted approach. One can also trail.

The Value Trade:
Buying below the vwap is generally considered as a good buy.

Two variations--
1) As the price breaches vwap wait for price to also break an important swing low for the day with immediate reversal supported by volume . Buy above this high volume candle with a stop below it.
2) Price breaches vwap and makes a low X. Wait for the price to pullback to vwap (Y) and then head lower again to X or make a higher low near X. Here Y would be the entry point. with stop at X.

Both these strategies can also be used for shorting a stock. You just have to read it upside down.

# Also keep in mind that day trading is not as easy as explained above.
1) We also analyse daily, hourly and lower time frames before pinpointing entry on 1 minute chart.
2) Trades taken in the direction of trend yield handsome returns.
3) We also have to take into consideration the overall indices movement.
4) Notice if the stock has been out-performing the indices.

# In trading world, nothing works 100%. So active trade management and efficient money management is essential to avoid unbearable losses.

As I always say, "Greed and Fear are traders' enemies". We can't eliminate them but they can be managed patiently.

Before applying this strategy you should first test it for few days to learn trade execution. I suggest you to use them on top gainers and losers. One has to be fast and fully concentrated in the morning. But if you missed the morning move, that does not mean the end of world. Wait for the next opportunity and grab it. Just practice, practice and practice more. It ll make you perfect.

Hope this post will enhance knowledge of some traders.
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Comment: I ll post some examples in the afternoon.
Comment: Its not that the above scenario occurred just yesterday, it happens every single day.
Sometimes we have to take quick decisions, sometimes we have to be patient.
Comment: We just have to be careful about the choice of stocks. Trade in stocks which have heavy volume and which are traders' favorite. Reason being lot of people would have been watching it so chances of pattern failure decrease substantially.
Comment: I think i have posted enough examples. Try yourself by using candlestick charts, vwap and volume only on these lower time frames. May be you come up with some new observations. In that case plz let me know.
Do comment for queries.
Comment: A last special case. Breakout failed in the morning, reflecting weakness. Once the price started trading below the vwap buyers gaveup below X. See how vwap acted as a magnet and price retraced back to it by the end of session. Price can't stay for long below vwap in a positive market like Friday. In such cases, there are always chances of recovery by the end of day. Vice versa is also also true for strong looking move in a weak market environment.

Comment: Enjoy the weekend.
Comment: On request..a sell setup.
Comment: Sorry fellows no vwap on index charts as no volume data is available for them. It will, however, be available on index futures.
Great Strategy Price Action by mixing this indictor
thnx sir
Bravetotrade kailashnwl
@kailashnwl, My pleasure.
very good
Bravetotrade rupambose32
@rupambose32, Thanks.
I always use this for S&R, if i want to sell, i let the price go far above the Vwap so that i get some sweet points. Thank you.
Bravetotrade yogi_sharma
@yogi_sharma, Its wise to admit that there is no perfect exit strategy, so one can either scale out as the price proceeds in favor or one can use his time tested exit strategy.
Thanks for posting this nice article. Two questions -

1. Do you use it for 1/5 min timeframes?
2. Do you recommend any other indicators best suited with VWAP strategy?

Thanks in advance!!
Bravetotrade rajeev_manchandani
@rajeev_manchandani, Every single day Rajeev, I use it on 1-5 min timeframe. I think most indicators are lagging that's why I am a great fan of price action and volume.
I dun wanna reach at many conclusions but If want u can try some oscillator for some time and see how it works.
Hey Buddy You are right , for those who does not know how to trade technically , this tool will help , and even for safe & and short one or two day swing trader can take the help in case they dont know much of technical trading
i Have changed the setting to offset 4 (Almost the value of 4 ATR ) on 1 Hour it works perfectly , and care has to be taken by trailing the stop after entry , and should not sell wick Red candle and should not buy wick Green Candle always the close has to be near the high in case of buy or low in case of sell after viewing the VWAP
I am attaching a small Chart , excuse if i over write , Good luck to every one
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