DEFINITION of 'Tirone Levels'

Tirone levels are a series of three sequentially higher horizontal lines used to identify possible areas of support and resistance for the price of an asset. They are were developed by technical analyst and trader, John. C. Tirone. The position of the center line is plotted by calculating the difference between the highest high and the lowest low for the asset price over a period of time and dividing it by 2. The top and bottom line are drawn 1/3 and 2/3 of the difference, respectively, between the same high and low that are used to calculate the center line.

Tirone Levels

BREAKING DOWN 'Tirone Levels'

The use of Tirone levels is similar to that of Fibonacci retracement, and both are interpreted in the same way. They both determine the position of the lines by using a percentage of the difference between a high and a low. Both Tirone levels and Fibonacci retracement use 50% as one of the possible support/resistance levels.

The concepts of support and resistance are undoubtedly two of the most highly discussed attributes of technical analysis. Part of analyzing chart patterns, these terms are used by traders to refer to price levels on charts that tend to act as barriers, preventing the price of an asset from getting pushed in a certain direction.

A support level's price tends to find support as it falls. Meaning, a price level is more likely to "bounce" off this level rather than break through it. However, once the price crossed this level, by an amount adjusted for noise, it is likely to continue falling until meeting another support level. A resistance level is the opposite of a support level. It's where the price tends to find resistance as it climbs higher. Again, this indicates that the price is more likely to "bounce" off this level rather than break through it. Except, once the price has breached this level, adjusting for noise, it is likely to continue rising until meeting another resistance level presents itself.

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