Bitcoin (BTC)

Current price: $ 10,449.87

24 hours price change: $ 116.93 (1.13%)

Bitcoin - Average Directional Index

The Average Directional indicator (or ADX) is a directional trading indicator that is used to identify a technical trend, in this case of the Bitcoin. The trend that is being identified, can be both a positive trend as a negative trend in the pricedevelopment of Bitcoin.

The ADX was primarily developed for commodities, however it is also in use for stock and currency technical analysis, as well as for Bitcoin. In this continuously updated article, we will explain the meaning and current trend of Bitcoin. The current ADX analysis is based on the historical prices of Bitcoin until August 17th, 2019.

In the chart below, the strength the trend is drawn, as well as the positive and negative directional indicators. The ADX (Average Directional Index) is the black line. The positive directional indicator (+DI) is the green line, and the negative directional indicator (-DI) is drawn in red.

Price chart for Bitcoin from 02/17/2019 until 08/17/2019.

In the chart above, the development of the price for Bitcoin is shown for the period from 02/17/2019 until 08/17/2019. This same timeframe has been used in the average directional indicator chart below.

Average directional indicator for Bitcoin until 08/17/2019.

In the charts above, you can see the trends of the ADX, +DI and -DI. The current values of these three indicators for the Bitcoin are listed in the table below.

Bitcoin average directional index 20.46
Bitcoin positive directional indicator 17.41
Bitcoin negative directional indicator 27.57


Several signals can be gained from the chart above. First of all, the green line gives us an indication of the positive trend. The opposite line, the red one, indicates the negative trend for Bitcoin.

When the green line tops the red line, the Bitcoin is in a positive trend. However, when the situation turns around, the trend has also changed to a negative trend for Bitcoin.

Furthermore, the black line gives the strength of the current trend of Bitcoin, both positive and negative. The higher the black line (ADX), the stronger the trend.

Bitcoin ADX score

The Average Directional Index (ADX) is used to measure the strength or weakness of a trend, not the actual direction. In general, when the positive directional indicator is higher than the negative directional in indicator, the trend of Bitcoin is assumed to be positive. An important signal is when the -DI (red line) and +DI (green line) crosses over.

As you can see in the chart above, the Bitcoin follows a negative trend. The positive directional indicator (17.41) is lower than the negative directional indicator (27.57). When the Bitcoin is in this kind of situations, the trend is negative.

Allthough the trend is negative, the current situation of the trend of Bitcoin is not that strong. The ADX gives us a value of 20.46, which means that the trend currently followed by Bitcoin is a weak one. To get clear signals from the ADX for Bitcoin, you should wait until the ADX moves upwards of 25.

As mentioned, the current trend is negative, however the trend might flip over to a positive trend.