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About - Darvas Signals

Also called Darvas 3.0, Darvas is one of Raghee's staple tools.

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Written by Duncan Boggs
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Darvas 3.0

About Darvas Box 3.0

The Darvas Box was developed by Nicholas Darvas in the 1950’s. His strategy was to buy stocks that made new 52-week highs on high volume then pulled pack slightly. The low of this pullback would form the bottom of the box and the high formed the top.

We have adapted the use of this indicator for intraday and swing trading. When conditions are met, a box is formed around the corresponding price action. Buy and sell signals are plotted.

The philosophy behind the indicator is that prices will often test new highs or lows, retrace slightly, and then continue their path.

Darvas Box allows traders to take advantage of this repetitive pattern.


Trading View

How Darvas 3.0 works

The Darvas Box

The Simpler Darvas 3.0 study follows the logic shown in the PDF linked here.

The Darvas Box is printed on the chart typically as only the top and bottom of the box. You can never have a Darvas box inside another Darvas box.

New highs and lows are the basis for the Darvas Box. Lower magenta boxes start at the new confirmed high then look back to see where the new confirmed bottom of the range is. Higher yellow boxes are the opposite; looking for a new confirmed low and then backwards to the new confirmed high. Confirmation is important as boxes will print after the close of the candle that confirms the new low after the new high, or visa versa.

In short, if a new higher high or lower low is made, the current box will end and a new box will start calculating.

Turning off the backwards extensions shows the actual boxes and the highs/lows before the box that created it. Enabling extensions will draw back to the end of the last box.

The box will stop printing on a break of the box range. A candle wick outside the box doesn’t always mean that the box stops printing, however, if the close is outside the box, the box will always end since the range that defines it has been violated. Thus, if a new higher high or lower low is made, the old box ends, and the study start calculating / looking for a new range.

Minor highs and lows

Minor highs and lows are marked by arrows; the calculation takes into consideration less candles than the Box. A minor high or low is needed for a box to print but, are only a part of the calculation of the box.

Minor lows and highs cannot reprint until the close (confirmation) of a new low/high. This validation process is what makes minor high/low arrows recalculate (disappear) and seem to chase price (re-appear).

A minor high / low is always within the range of the box and may or may not be the high/low of the box range.

Using Darvas 3.0

In the tradition of Nicolas Darvas looking for whether a stock was ready to make a move, Raghee combines the use of the Simpler Trading Darvas Box with volume-based studies like the ST VWAP.

Darvas provides areas of support and resistance.

Darvas works best on trending charts.

Raghee uses Darvas to ‘automate’ as much of the chart analysis as possible.

Things to ask when using Darvas:

· Review potential Darvas levels.

· Are you near a previous Darvas high or low?

· Does the Darvas coincide with the 34-EMA Wave?

· Some of Raghee’s best entries are when the Darvas and Wave both confirm a level as potential support or resistance.

Darvas works on any time frame. Raghee may use Darvas Box on a 5 minute, Daily or Weekly chart.

Difference between TOS and Trading View

Observing minor highs / lows chasing price is especially true of the study on TOS where new candle data is calculated each tick. On Trading View, new data is calculated each candle/bar, therefore the signals appear faster in TOS, but have the appearance of being more ‘stable’ in TV.

It is important to understand that Trading View, as a web-based browser, caches a great deal and scripts on that web-based platform only run once per time frame, unlike TOS that updates each candle every tick, regardless of time frame.

All minor highs and lows will get arrows, however, due to the way the data and caching work on Trading View, the arrows may not appear. Sometimes a hard refresh or clearing the browser cache is a good way to see the difference.

On smaller intraday time frames, this is not so much an issue. However, on 4 hour, daily and higher time frames, this does occur.

Darvas 3.0 on Trading View daily chart

Darvas 3.0 on TOS daily chart

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