RainDrop Charts: How To Use Them To Enrich Your Trading

raindrop stock chart tutorial

The Financial Market world continually evolves as creativity and innovation change how things are done. Traders are always looking for better ways to view stock market price action, in order to gain an edge. In the last couple of years, there have been many innovations in the field of Technical Analysis. One of the most impressive new indicators is EMA Clouds. However, there are been many other new innovations in the last few years as an influx of new traders enter the market. One such innovation is Raindrop Charts, which allow chartists to visualize stock charts in a new way.

Raindrop charts in short are designed to represent what is happening in the market in terms of price and volume. The chart gives the trader a visual representation of supply and demand in the market through a certain time frame. The raindrop charts incorporate volume directly into every price bar through the use of histograms and the volume of the weighted average price called VWAP. Hence Raindrops are a visual culmination of where the price moved, how much time it took to get there as well as the flow of the volume as time passed.

Raindrops are meant to replace/supplement traditional charts such as:

You can see a breakdown of RainDrops below.


How To Read Rain Drop Stock Charts
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Each raindrop is divided into two, the first and the second trading period. As in the US, the trading of equities is 6 1/2 hrs, each half will be 3 1/4 hrs, and for cryptocurrencies that trade for 24hrs, will be 12hrs a half. Another difference between the traditional candlestick and the raindrop charts is that the raindrops do not use opening and closing prices but rather use VWAP. This is because the developers believe that using opening and closing prices doesn’t show the price action during a particular time but only what the price of the stock was at that time. 

The raindrops are color-coded into three colors; red, blue, and green. If the right VWAP of the trading period is lower than the left VWAP, the raindrop will be red and if vice versa, the VWAP will be green, and if the VWAP is at the same level, the raindrops will be blue. The blob shapes in the raindrops represent the complete volume profile for that half of the period. This shows how volume moved during a complete half. A green raindrop is a bullish one while a red raindrop is bearish and a blue one shows indecisiveness.
 
The blue raindrops are constantly used to mark the top and the bottom in a trading period. As, if an asset is highly liquid, there is no way that the buying and selling will be the same the whole day, hence this is an indication of a change in price movement.  Keep in mind blue raindrops that require both halves to have the same VWAP are extremely rare!

To summarize, RainDrop charts do not show the closing price, but rather show price action throughout the day, based on two halves. Each one of these halves has a blob that indicates the volume that was traded around that price. Red, Green, and Blue RainDrops indicate whether the right side VWAP (2nd half of trading) closed lower, higher, or equal to respectively. Simply put: RainDrops show you the price range as well as the volume traded at that price through the time period you are focused on!


Why Use Raindrop Charts?

  •  Raindrops aid in identifying breakouts and fakeouts.  A move in either direction should be supported by volume. If a chart looks like it's breaking out, you can always double-check what the volume is saying. As such it's best to confirm with Raindrops charts as they will be able to say if volume may not be supporting such a move, as such, they are great at detecting fakeouts
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  • Raindrops aid in locating market indecision areas- A Blue Doji shows that the market is trying to determine the direction to move. It may also represent a change of a negative or positive move (basically foreshadowing a reversal).
     
  • Volume inclusivity - The volume in trade will help you in weighing the strength, this is major merit of the raindrop charts. As it helps visualize whether any move is backed by volume.

  • Utilization of special raindrop patterns- Strong moves are represented by balloon-shaped raindrops, this shows that the volume has congregated at an extreme position. Keep note of this last point, as raindrops patterns can emerge. Spending countless hours backtesting and analyzing raindrop charts will help you identify such patterns and increase your profitability in the market.

Examples

In this section, I will be using many examples provided by TrendSpider's Twitter account. If you are interested in using their service as they are the creators of Raindrop charts use my affiliate link:  TrendSpider (use code 'CL25' for 25% Off & a 7-day Free Trial).


The stock below is Roblox, notice in the channel, that each time a blue doji (represents indecision) was encountered the price bounced hard!

RBLX Raindrop Stock Chart Technical Analysis



The stock below is the Apple Raindrop ($AAPL) stock chart. In this real-life chart, note after incurring two daily red raindrops, a blue indecisive raindrop shows up which represents indecisiveness. The next day, after the blue raindrop showed up, the price bounced!

RainDrop Stock Chart Analysis AAPL Apple

The chart below is a weekly Raindrop chart of Moderna ($MRNA). Notice how the stock continually bled, until it found support at the WVAP, where a few blue Raindrops showed up which is a sign the bearish momentum is waning.

Raindrop MRNA Stock Chart Analysis


The chart below is the daily Target ($TGT) Raindrop chart. You can see after the breakout, that a blue Doji has emerged, which is a hint that the breakout might fail and be a "fakeout".

tgt target raindrop stock chart example

There are many ways to use Raindrop charts, above I gave a few examples, I leave it up to the reader to continue their research and use them in practice and real-time to learn the advantage and disadvantages that they have.

Conclusion

The use of raindrop charts helps you see what other traders do not see hence giving you an edge. The inclusion of volume in the candles also the use of VWAP aids in identifying the strength of trade. Add this tool into your arsenal of trading indicators and back-test it to know when it gives a high winning rate.

For those interested in incorporating RainDrops check out TrendSpider (use code 'CL25' for 25% Off & a 7-day Free Trial).

Want to learn more about RainDrops? Check out TrendSpider's Whitepaper on Raindrops!

For more next-generation indicators check out my article on the EMA Cloud. Or if you are interested in building your own stock trading system check out this detailed guide.

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