Volume profiles
Volume Profile displays the trading activity over a specific time period at certain price levels.
Volume Profile displays the trading activity over a specific time period at certain price levels. Meaning, it shows what was bought and sold at those current levels, and displays them in a histogram on the side of your chart. Volume Profile allows you to see the zones of maximum trading interest, and as a consequence, the "true" support/resistance levels.
Quantower platform offers four types of Volume profiles:

Step Volume Profile

Step profile displays volume profiles with a certain time step. For example, set the step period to 1 hour, and you will see profiles with uniform hourly steps on the graph. By changing the data types, you will see the distribution of the trading volume, the executed trades, as well as the delta for each hour of the trading session.
You can enable Step Profile through the volume analysis toolbar or their settings.
Here is how you can activate Step Profile in Quantower platform

General settings of step profile

Main settings of Step Volume Profile tool
  • Step period & Step coefficient – determines the step to build the profile. Step period has four types –Minute, Hour, Day, Week.
  • Data type – choose any of the 20+ data types to build a step profile.
  • Histogram position – places the profile on the left or right side relative to the starting point.
  • Histogram label position – determines the position of the data value: left, right or none.
  • Width of histogram, % – determines the maximum width of the profile histogram.
  • Show profile – toggles the visibility of the profile, while the POC level (Point of Control) and Value area borders can be left on the chart.
  • Show POC – Point of Control is the level with the maximum value that will be highlighted with the specified color.
  • Extend POC until intersection – the Point of Control line will be extended until it intersects with the future price. If an intersection is not encountered, then the Point of Control Line is extended to the right side of the chart.
  • Show Value Area – shows the price area with 70% of trading activity for the specified time range. The value of 70% is set by default, but the user can change it at his discretion.
  • Value Area borders – shows the outer limits of the Value Area as dotted lines.
  • Show totals – this option summarizes the data based on which the profile is built.
Step profile with various data types

Left & Right Volume Profiles

Left and Right volume profiles can be placed on the left and right sides of the chart respectively. For example, you can set the delta data on one profile, and on the other the total volume for the same period of time. You can combine several profiles that are built on different time periods into one combo profile and put it on the left or right chart position.
Quantower allows to place multiple volume profiles with different data types

General settings of Left and Right volume profiles

Main settings of Left and Right Volume Profiles
  • Width of histogram, % – determines the maximum width of the profile histogram.
  • Data type – choose any of the 20+ data types to build a volume profile.
  • Show POC – Point of Control is the level with the maximum value that will be highlighted with the specified color.
  • Show Value Area – shows the price area with 70% of trading activity for the specified time range. The value of 70% is set by default, but the user can change it at his discretion.
  • Value Area borders – shows the outer limits of the Value Area as dotted lines.

Custom Volume Profile

Custom profile allows you to create a profile for any time range. For instance, you want to see the distribution of the delta on the flat chart or for the impulse bar. As with other volume analysis tools, you can choose any available data types for display.
Custom volume profile can be applied to any range
After you have placed a custom profile on the chart, a control panel with five options will appear next to it.
Control panel for custom volume profile
  • Duplicate profile with the same range and settings
  • Move profile to the background or foreground
  • Lock the current position of the profile. Prohibits the profile movement.
  • Additional settings for the selected profile
  • Delete selected profile

Additional settings for custom profile

In addition to the settings for quick management of custom profile, there are additional settings. Let's take a closer look at what you can customize.
Additional settings for custom volume profile
There are a lot of various settings, but the most interesting are:
  • Value Area — shows the price area with 70% of trading activity for the specified time range. The value of 70% is set by default, but the user can change it at his discretion.
  • POC Ray — extends the level of maximum volume (Point of Control) to the price scale
  • Show Total — shows/hides the total number under a certain profile
  • Custom step (ticks) summarizes the volume data of as many price levels as specified in the setting. By default, the value of the custom step is set to 1 tick, which means the volume data are shown at each price level.