Another way that people use the stochastic oscillator in currency trading is to measure for divergence. The idea is that as with any oscillator, you could see momentum going in a different direction than the overall price. As an example, the momentum could be rising while price is falling or vice versa. If you are in a scenario where price is rising but the momentum is slowing, that means that there is less aggression to the upside and therefore less demand, even as prices press higher. This can be a sign that potential trouble is on its way.
Take a look at the chart just below. You can see that there is a clear uptrend line on the four hour chart for the GBP/AUD pair. As the price was rising, though, notice that the stochastic oscillator made a lower high, which is the opposite of an uptrend. This suggests that the rate of change is slowing down, therefore one would have to be a bit suspicious about the efficacy of the move.
After all, if there is less momentum, it suggests that there are fewer fresh orders coming in to push the market to the upside. Ultimately, you can see that shortly after the diversions with the lower high in the stochastic oscillator, the market broke down below the trend line and then eventually fell from those levels. Divergence can be found in several indicators, essentially the oscillator family. Because of this, using your divergence spotting skills can work in multiple other oscillators as well, as they all essentially work the same in this scenario.
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