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How to get spot trending moves using Alligator indicator? -
How to get spot trending moves using Alligator indicator?
elearnmarkets | Published: 21 Nov, 2017  | Source :

The alligator indicator developed by Bill Williams consists of three smoothed moving averages which help in identifying trend and its direction. The three lines are simply placed on the price chart which represents the jaw (blue line), the teeth (red line) and lips (green line) of the alligator. When three lines are twisted together, it is implied that the beast is sleeping and its mouth is closed. However, when it enters into a trend, it wakes up and starts eating and again it goes back to sleep mode. This is how the process continues.

In a perfect uptrend, you will find green greater than the red and red line greater than the blue line. Similarly in a downtrend, you will find blue followed by red and then green. This is the ideal scenario for uptrend or downtrend. You should always enter the trade when it is entering into a particular trend and avoid when these lines are twisted together.


The Alligator indicator is easily available on various charting platforms and it is done using the following steps-

1) The Alligator’s Jaw (Blue line) is a 13-period Smoothed Moving Average and shift by 8 bars into the future

2) The Alligator’s Teeth (Red” line) is an 8-period Smoothed Moving Average and shift by 5 bars into the future

3) The Alligator’s Lips (Green line), is a 5-period Smoothed Moving Average and shift by 5 bars into the future

Trading signal in multiple time frame

Look for proper trading setup in the daily time frame whether on the upside or downside. Say you identified the buy or sell setup in daily time frame but due to lag you may miss the initial move.

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But as you know that price does not move in straight line but moves in a series of peaks and troughs. So you may aim to enter a wave in a smaller time frame say 4 hours in a different direction to find a good entry point. Here you will wait for the alligator to move against the daily signal. In simple words, you are looking for a wave inside the flow to identify the move in a different direction so as to identify a proper entry point.

You found the uptrend in the daily timeframe so you will wait for downtrend in 4 Hour chart. Similarly once you identified downtrend in daily, you will look for uptrend in 4 Hour chart. This is simply to look for proper entry along the trend. But as it bounced back in 4 hour chart, you will make your entry in 30 minute chart when the alligator gives a positive or negative crossover as the case may be.

To simplify:

Upward in daily, Downward in 4-hourly, buy in 30 minutes chart

Downward in daily, Upward in 4-hourly, sell in 30 minutes chart

The same logic of multiple timeframe can be applied in various time frames including very short term to very long term.


You may combine Alligator indicator with momentum based indicator like CCI to enhance your trading experience and to get better trading signals. Say when the alligator awakes and you found that CCI has already entered the overbought area (i.e. above +100) so its an early indication that the uptrend is likely to continue and with speed.

Like all the moving averages, the alligator is a lagging indicator. Such a lag in getting a trade signal leads to a partial loss of profit. Further, this lag functions as a filter and helps eliminate insignificant and false signals.



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