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GANN ANGLE


Using Gann Lines

03/30/11 08:05:24 AM
by Koos van der Merwe

Looking for a system to use for investment purposes can always be a challenge.

Security:   BBD-T, C
Position:   Accumulate

Gann lines are drawn after a Gann fan has been identified for a particular stock. Once the Gann fan has been identified, we choose the Gann line that is the most obvious to apply to the share you are looking at. Here are two examples:

FIGURE 1: GANN FAN
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Figure 1 shows how I chose a Gann fan on Bombardier (BBD-T), a Canadian stock. My chart shows the low of $4.25 on August 2010. From that date I have drawn a Gann fan as close to the high of $6.75 on February 18, 2011, as possible. With today's charting techniques, we can draw a Gann fan that tops out at the high. However, I prefer sticking to the original Gann numbers -- namely, 1, 2, 5 and so on and divisions and multiplications by 10 of those numbers. In this instance, the number I have used for the Gann fan is 0.020. Once I have identified the fan, I look for the 1x1 angle or the 2x1 angle and apply it to the pivot points of the stock, as shown in Figure 2.

FIGURE 2: GANN LINES ON BOMBARDIER
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Figure 2 shows that I chose the 1x2 line as my Gann angle. The reason I did this is because the relative strength index (RSI) is trending down, which means that the price is moving down from the sell zone toward the buy zone. Note how the original sell zone was drawn from the pivot points of A and B. We could have sold at C, and I would have enjoyed a comfortable profit; however, in today's world, you run with the trend, governed by a rising stop-loss order. This would have led me to the new sell zone, which is what I will now use in the future. The buy zone has not changed, however, and has been drawn from the pivot point at D, which was given as a buy by the RSI. The present trend is down, and I shall only buy when the price is in the buy zone and the RSI suggests a buy.

FIGURE 3: GANN LINE ON CITIGROUP
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Figure 3 is a chart of Citigroup (C) and suggests that the share price is close to the buy zone. This is confirmed by the RSI, which is close to giving a buy signal. Do note that the sell at A was not given in the sell zone. I would therefore be very cautious with Citigroup, and look for a share where the Gann lines drawn from pivot points are very obvious.
Gann lines drawn from Gann fans can identify a share that we can invest in, identifying buy and sell areas.




Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Address: 3256 West 24th Ave
Vancouver, BC
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E-mail address: petroosp@gmail.com

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