How to compute technical indicators with 1 minute stock price data?

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by patricia , in category: Technical Analysis , 3 months ago

How to compute technical indicators with 1 minute stock price data?

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by bridie_mante , 3 months ago

@patricia 

To compute technical indicators with 1-minute stock price data, you will need to select the specific indicators you want to calculate and use a programming language or software that allows for efficient data manipulation and calculation. Here is a general step-by-step process:

  1. Choose the technical indicators: Some commonly used technical indicators include moving averages, relative strength index (RSI), stochastic oscillators, Bollinger Bands, MACD (moving average convergence divergence), etc. Select the indicators based on your trading strategy or analysis requirements.
  2. Gather the historical 1-minute stock price data: Collect the high, low, open, close, and volume data for the specific stock or instrument from a reliable data source. You can use APIs or data providers that offer detailed intraday minute-level data.
  3. Organize data in a suitable format: Store the historical stock price data in a structured format such as a dataframe or a CSV file. Ensure that the data is sorted by timestamp in ascending order.
  4. Depending on the indicator you want to calculate: a. For moving averages: Use the price data to calculate the moving average for a specific time period, such as 10-minute, 30-minute, or 50-minute moving average. b. For RSI or stochastic oscillator: Calculate the relative strength index or stochastic oscillator values using the high, low, and close prices for a specific period. c. For Bollinger Bands: Calculate the moving average and standard deviation of prices for a specific period, and then calculate the upper and lower bands based on the chosen standard deviation multiplier. d. For MACD: Calculate the exponential moving averages (EMA) for different time periods and compute the MACD line as the difference between the shorter EMA and the longer EMA.
  5. Iterate through the 1-minute price data: For each timestamp or row in the dataset, calculate the indicator values based on the formulae or algorithms specific to each indicator.
  6. Calculate and store the resulting values: Depending on your requirement, store the calculated values in a separate column or variable in the dataset. This will allow you to analyze or visualize the technical indicators over time.
  7. Further analysis or interpretation: Once you have calculated the technical indicators, you can use them to generate trading signals, identify market trends, or conduct backtesting or statistical analysis.


It is recommended to use programming languages like Python or software packages like MATLAB, R, or Excel with VBA for efficient computation of technical indicators using 1-minute stock price data. There are also specialized libraries available, such as TA-Lib, which provide predefined functions for calculating various technical indicators.