# Trading the Outstretched Indicator in Python — Profiting From Momentum.

### Creating and Coding the Outstretched Indicator in Python.

Momentum can be faded in many ways when we have enough elements to suggest that exhaustion may happen. This can be done through divergence analysis, oversold/overbought levels, and timing indicators such as the TD differentials pattern. In this article, we will create an indicator that can be used both for discretionary and systematic trading.

### Creating the Outstretched Indicator Step-By-Step

The idea is to mark rising and falling momentum and then calculate an exponential moving average based on the sum of the different momentum moves. The steps can be summed up as follows:

**Select a momentum lookback and a moving average lookback. By default we can use 3.****Create two columns called the positive stretch and the negative stretch, where the first one has 1’s if the current closing price is greater than the closing price 3 periods ago and the other one has 1’s if the current closing price is lower than the closing price 3 periods ago.****Sum the latest three positive and negative stretches and subtract the results from each other. This is called the raw outstretch.****Finally, to get the outstretched indicator, we take the 5-period exponential moving average of the raw outstretch.**

```
def outstretched_indicator(Data, lookback, lookback_ma, close, where):
# Adding a few columns
Data = adder(Data, 6)
# Calculating the Stretch
for i in range(len(Data)):
# Positive Stretch
if Data[i, close] > Data[i - lookback, close]:
Data[i, where] = 1
# Negative Stretch
else:
Data[i, where + 1] = 1
```

```
# Positive Stretch Summation
for i in range(len(Data)):
Data[i, where + 2] = Data[i - lookback + 1:i + 1, where].sum()
```

```
# Negative Stretch Summation
for i in range(len(Data)):
Data[i, where + 3] = Data[i - lookback + 1:i + 1, where + 1].sum()
# Calculating the Raw Outstretch
Data[:, where + 4] = Data[:, where + 2] - Data[:, where + 3]
# Calculating the Outstretched Indicator
Data = ema(Data, 2, lookback_ma, where + 4, where + 5)
# Deleting columns
Data = deleter(Data, where, 5)
return Data
```

Note that for the above function to work, you do not need to add columns before as it is already embedded in the function.

### Using the Outstretched Indicator in Discretionary Trading

Discretionary is manual low-frequency trading. It is what we do when we take the time to look at the market and consult our research for the best opportunities. Discretionary trading is superior to systematic trading when it comes to subjective interpretation and the hunch or what is referred to as the trader’s guts.

The above chart shows the signals generated when the barriers on the indicator are set close to the absolute extreme (which is 3) at 2.5. This means that whenever the indicator reaches 2.5 or -2.5, we can have a contrarian bias.

### Conclusion

Remember to always do your back-tests. You should always believe that other people are **wrong**. My indicators and style of trading may work for me but maybe not for you.

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