Commodity Selection Index (CSI)
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    Commodity Selection Index (CSI)

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    Commodity Selection Index (CSI) is a technical momentum indicator that helps select commodities suitable for short-term trading based on their CSI values. The larger the value, the more suitable the commodity is. To calculate the values, the indicator multiplies Average Directional Movement Rating (ADR) and Average True Range (ATR) by a constant that incorporates the Big Point Value (1 full point of price movement represented in dollars), initial margin requirements, and the commission.

    CSI = K x ADXR x ATR
    K = [movevalue/sqrt(margin)] / (150 + commission)

    ADXR – Average Directional Movement Rating
    ATR – Average True Range
    K – Welles Wilder's coefficient including price movement value (Big Point Value), initital margin requirements, and commission

    Commodity Selection IndexCommodity Selection Index


    LengthThe number of periods the indicator uses to calculate the CSI
    BigPointValueThe big point value of a security
    MyMarginInitial margin requirements
    MyCommissionThe commission to be paid
    The following Moving Average types are available for calculations:
    • Simple. Simple Moving Average (SMA) is applied to CSI.
    • Wilders. Wilders Smoothing is applied to CSI.
    • Weighted. Weighted Moving Average (WMA) is applied to CSI.
    • Exponential. Exponential Moving Average (EMA) is applied to CSI. 


    The plot renders the data you are working with on the chart. You can show/hide a plot by clicking the corresponding item in the settings. Every plot has a set of basic settings that you can change: color, weight, and type.

    CCIThe Commodity Selection Index plot

    Click the color rectangle under the plot's name to open the palette. Use the slider at the bottom to set the opacity of the color.


    To create a custom color:

    1. Clickto open the color picker
    2. By using the slider at the bottom, adjust the main color
    3. Then, set a shade for the main color on the palette

    The custom-created colors are added to your palette. To remove a custom color, drag it out of the palette.

    Change the value (in px) to adjust the thickness of the plot.
    The following plot types are available:
    • Linear. The plot is displayed as a line.
    • Column. The plot is displayed as a histogram.
    • Difference. The plot is displayed as a line which represents the difference between High and Low prices of the bar.
    • Points. The plot is displayed as points.
    • Text above candle. The plot is displayed as the price labels above candles on the chart.
    • Text below candle. The plot is displayed as the price labels below candles on the chart.
    • Triangle above candle. The plot is displayed as triangles above candles on the chart.
    • Color candle. The candles on candle-type charts are highlighted with specified colors.


    Check Overlaying to display the indicator on the chart. Otherwise, the indicator is shown in a study pane down below.

    Note: To reset the settings, click Restore to Default next to the SETTINGS: INDICATOR'S TITLE

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