Qstick Indicator- Technical Indicator Explained

Qstick Indicator

The Meaning of Qstick Indicator 

Tushar Chande created the Qstick indicator as a technical analysis indicator for statistically identifying trends on a price chart. It’s derived by averaging the difference between the open and closing prices across a number of periods. A Qstick value greater than zero indicates that the majority of the previous ‘n’ days have been up, signaling increased purchasing pressure. 

Quick Stick is another name for the Qstick Indicator. It isn’t extensively used in charting and trading applications. 

The QStick Indicator’s formula is as follows: 

QSI=EMA or SMA of (Close−Open) 


EMA=Exponential moving average 

SMA=Simple moving average 

Close=Closing price for the period 

Open=Opening price for the period 


The QStick indicator can have a simple moving average (SMA) added to it. A signal line is formed as a result of this. 

How to Compute the QStick Indicator? 

●For each session, keep track of the discrepancies between the closing and open price. 

●Determine the number of periods included in the EMA or SMA. The more periods used, the smoother the indicator, and the fewer the signals, the better the general trend may be identified. 

●Once there are enough (close-open) data points, calculate the EMA or SMA. 

●Calculate an SMA of the Qstick calculations as an option. A signal line is created as a result of this. Signal lines usually have a period of three. 

What Does the Qstick Indicator Say? 

The QStick calculates buying and selling pressure by averaging the difference between closing and opening prices. The indicator moves lower when the price, on average, closes lower than it opens. When the price closes higher than the open on average, the indicator rises. 

When the Qstick crosses above the zero line, a transaction signal is generated. Crossing over zero is a buy signal since it indicates that purchasing pressure is building, but crossing below zero is a sell indication. 

In contrast, to serve as a signal line, an ‘n’ period moving average of the Qstick values can be drawn. When the Qstick value reaches the trigger line, transaction signals are created. Three is a typical signal line ‘n’ period. 

When the QSticks go over the signal line, it signals that the price is beginning to have more closes above the open and, as a result, the price may be beginning to rise. When the Qstick passes below the signal line, it signals that the price is beginning to close below the open. Price may be starting to fall. 

Divergence may also be highlighted by the indicator. When the price rises but the QStick falls, it indicates that momentum is fading. When the price falls as the QStick rises, it indicates that a price increase is imminent. However, the indication can cause anomalies. It does not take into consideration gaps, merely intraday price movement. As a result, even if the price gaps are higher but closes below the open, it is still considered bearish, even if the price closed higher than the previous close. May could result in divergence, which does not always signify a prompt market turnaround. 

The limitation of the Qstick Indicators 

The QStick indicator only considers past data and computes a moving average of it. As a result, it is not intrinsically predictive, and its changes often lag behind price swings. 

When the price gapes in one way but the intraday price action swings in the opposite direction, the QStick can produce anomalies. Divergences between the price and the indicator may result, but they may not always simply be a timely price reversal. 

The trading signals are not always appropriate and must frequently be coupled with another filter. In unstable conditions, the price will whipsaw across the zero and/or signal lines, resulting in a large number of lost transactions. 

Disclaimer: There are potential risks relating to trading and investing and you should not trade with money that you cannot afford to lose however, for those that educate themselves and adopt appropriate risk management strategies, the potential update can be significant. 

Please note that all opinions, research, analysis, and other information are provided as general market commentary and not as specific investment advice. 

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