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This function is part of XTRADE functions group which is a collection of several technical indicators for creating technical trading rules. XTRADE.MOMENTUM calculates the momentum of a series of numbers over n periods in the context of asset pricing which means the difference between the current and n periods back values.


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AXCEL.XTRADE.MOMENTUM(stockprice, n, [dateFormat], [plot])

The AXCEL.XTRADE.MOMENTUM function syntax has the following arguments:

stockprice Required. This is a table of stock price or any other values such as volume. The format must be a table of two columns, the first column for time/date index and the second column is the values. Here is an example:


AXCEL.XTRADE.MOMENTUM function uses the second column for calculation.

n Required. Number of periods for calculation of momentum.

dateFormat Optional. If the date in Date columns is Excel standard date format, you do not need to provide any format, and Axcel will automatically identify the date format and applies the conversion. However, if the date is provided in TEXT format, you should define the date format for appropriate conversion. Here are the elements of the date format:

/ or - : Separators
%d: day
%m: month
%y: 2-digit year (for example 98 or 07)
%Y: 4-digit year (for example 1998 or 2007)

Here are some examples of date format:

for "08/22/2019" : "%m/%d/%Y"
for "19/08/22" : "%y/%m/%d"
for "2019-08-22" : "%Y-%m-%d"

plot Optional. The default is FALSE. If you set it TRUE, Axcel provides you an advanced interactive visualization showing security price and momentums.

Here is an example:

when you type =AXCEL.XTRADE.MOMENTUM the Intellisense guides you through required and optional (shows in brackets []) entries as shown below:

In this example, we have:


which means that our data is located at cells from A1 to B300, we set the number of periods for momentum calculation at 20 which means that we are looking for the difference in 20 trading days. Also, since we use Excel standard date format, we skipped the dateFormat entry and we would like to have visualization by setting the plot to TRUE. Here is the outcome:

As presented above, Axcel generates momentums with a 20-day difference and reports them in column momentum. Also, the outcome is visualized in the task pane and ready to be expanded in your browser. In this example, since we set n to 20, the first 19 records of momentum show NA after execution.

See also: All other AXCEL.XTRADE functions.