TPO Profile Chart

See the price distribution during the specified time via the TPO Profile (known as Market Profile®) & understand at which levels the price has spent the most time

Time Price Opportunity or TPO Chart, shows the price distribution during the specified time, thus forming a profile. This allows you to understand at which levels or ranges the price has spent the most time, as well as to determine the main support and resistance levels.

TPO Profile Chart (Market Profile) general view in Quantower platform

To open new TPO panel, go to Main menu (Logo icon) and select TPO Chart in the Analytics section.

Open TPO Chart panel via Main menu

Key Elements of TPO Profile Chart

Main Elements of TPO Profile Chart (a.k.a. Market Profile) in Quantower

Point of Control (POC) — price level of the greatest market activity or trading volume. At this level, the price spent most time over the profile range.

Value Area — price range in which approximately 68% - 70% of the market activity or trading volume took place.

Singles or single prints of the profile are placed in the middle of a profile structure, not at the upper or lower edge. They occur on impulse movements and are used as support/resistance zones, which the price can test in the near future. The singles line indicates where the singles begin to form (in cases when there are several single prints).

TPO letters — basic element of the TPO chart, where each letter corresponds to a specific time ("Build From").

Main Controls of TPO Chart

There are three main controls on the top toolbar of TPO chart panel:

Aggregation of TPO Profile Chart

The base element of the TPO chart is letters that are used to build the market profile structure. Each letter initially represents a half-hour period. Quantower offers to specify in the aggregation settings any values on the basis of which the profile will be built. For example, a daily profile of 30-minute bars is considered as a “standard”. But you can set a lower value of “Build From” and the profile will be more granular. Conversely, set the value higher and the shape of the profile will be smoother.

TPO Profile can be build with any custom period and base
  • Build From (Minute, Hour, Day) — this parameter determines the length of time for building each letter (for A, B, C etc.).

  • Profile Aggregation — defines the range for each TPO profile. The standard range is 1 day, but there are several base ranges for building each profile — Minute, Hour, Day. For example, a 1 day range will start at the beginning of the trading day and finish at the end of the current trading day (defined in the trading hours or by custom session).

  • History Range — determines the depth of history for building TPO profiles. At a high depth of history, volume profiles can be built for a long time, because they use tick data.

  • Custom Step (Ticks) — this parameter defines the height and number of letters in the profile. If enabled, the letter height will correspond to the number of ticks which is set in the parameter. If disabled, the height and number of letters will be selected automatically using a smart algorithm. As a result, the chart will look the most optimal for analysis.

Style settings of TPO Profile Chart

Choose any color scheme for better representation and analysis of the TPO profile as well as enable POC, Value Area, Singles, Standard Chart etc.

  • Display — mode for dispalying letters of TPO profile — Boxes or Letters.

Display TPO Profile as Filled Boxes or Letters
  • Coloring Mode — choose any color scheme for better representation and analysis of the TPO profile. Currently, there are 10 different coloring modes available — Single Color, Up/Down Profile, Up/Down Bars, Heatmap, Delta Profile, Delta Price, Delta Bars, Volume Profile, Volume Price, Volume Bars.

  • Plot Symbol — show/ hide the standard chart on the TPO Profile chart. Select a chart style: Bar, Candle, Line, Area, Dotted Line, Quantower style.

  • Show Point of Control (POC) — enable a price level of the greatest market activity or trading volume on the chart. At this level, the price spent most time over the profile range.

  • Show Value Area — enable price range in which approximately 68% - 70% of the market activity or trading volume took place.

  • Show Singles or single prints of the profile are placed in the middle of a profile structure, not at the upper or lower edge. They occur on impulse movements and are used as support/resistance zones, which the price can test in the near future. The singles line indicates where the singles begin to form (in cases when there are several single prints).

Enable POC, Value Area and Singles on TPO Profile

Volume Analysis

TPO profiles are used on their own to find areas of support and resistance, and can also be used in conjunction with volume profiles. For this, we have added Volume Analysis control to the top toolbar of the panel. Here you can select the data type and show/hide the POC & Value Area.

Add Volume Profiles on TPO Profile Chart

Switch Volume Profile between different data types, such as delta, buy&sell, trades, volume, etc.

Splitting & Merging of TPO Profile Chart

Use TPO splitting for a detailed analysis of profile formation. There are two splitting modes available in the platform:

  • Split full profile, that separates the TPO profile into each bar or letter. To separate profile into columns, click on the profile and press "Split" button that is placed on the lower border of a selected profile.

Split TPO profile into each bar for a detailed analysis
  • Divide by bar, that option splits the profile in half on the selected bar. To separate TPO profile in half, select a necessary profile and right-click to open the context menu and click on "Divide by bar" button.

Separate TPO Profile at selected bar

Merging of TPO Profile

Merge is a feature that combines several profiles into one. Right-click on the selected profile to open the context menu and select Merge Left or Merge Right. To return profiles to their original positions, press the Reset button.

Session Time

Set the custom time range for the necessary trading session and the profile will be built within this range. The rest of the time the profile will not take into account.

To set the time of the necessary session, go to the TPO Chart settings -> View -> Custom session. Set the time according the time zone.

Set custom sessions for TPO Profile

Additional settings of TPO Profile

Right-click on the chart area -> Settings to open the general settings of the TPO Chart panel.

General settings of TPO Profile Chart in Quantower platform