VWAP Trading

VWAP Trading

In this article, I am going to discuss the VWAP Trading in detail. Please read our previous article where we discussed Multiple TimeFrame Analysis for Intraday Trading. At the end of this article, you will understand the following pointers in detail.

  1. What is VWAP Trading?
  2. A complete VWAP Trading system
  3. 2 VWAP Strategies

Volume weighted average price (VWAP). These Tools are used mostly by short-term traders and in algorithm-based trading programs.

VWAP is often used to measure the trading performance of smart money. Professional traders who work for investment banks or hedge funds and need to trade large numbers of shares each day and cannot enter or exit the market by buying or selling a large position in a stock during the day, institutional traders compare their price to VWAP values.

Two words are used here (PVWAP and VWAP)

PVWAP is end of vwap value of previous day

VWAP is current day VWAP

PVWAP can be obtained by plotting straight horizontal line on chart and looking where it was plotted at 3:30 pm. VWAP is obviously current day VWAP which can be obtained by plotting VWAP indicator.

VWAP day Trading system
Step1: location (refer out multiple time frame trading video)
  1. define trading range(NEAREST SUPPLY AND DEMNAD ZONE)
  2. where price open, where wants to go(with respect to nearest supply and demand zone)
Step2: relative strength and weakness compare to sector and index(refer to intraday trading course part 1)

If respective sector negative choose weak stock for sell. If index (nifty) negative. Choose weak sector


Mark opening range (first high and low of the day)

Step4: condition and entry type

Rules for entry

  • Do not play stock long that is below the VWAP
  • Do not play stock short if above the VWAP
  • If price above both PVWAP AND VWAP look for long
  • If price below both PVWAP AND VWAP look for short
  • A five minute candle should no closed below vwap for long entry . reverse for short entry(why that shows day going to be a range day)
  • 1st candle of the day should be heavy volume .Why heavy volume on first candle of the day? We are trying to identify what the SM sentiment is for the day? If SM want to buy stock, we would see that on the open with heavy volume and strong directional move. Stock may gaped at opening. Which shows that stock may trend up rest of the
VWAP PULLBACK entry type
Step5: Entry

If conditions are valid

Step6: Active trade management

Exit method

  1. Target exit
  2. Reversal development exit


A pullback is a price movement that moves in against the trend. It is a temporarily price movement before it resumes back into the main market direction. Pullbacks are sometimes referred to as price Corrections or retracement.



  1. Correction(depth of pullback) must be small and without strong momentum candlestick
  2. Volume decreases / low volume correction
  3. Great mix between red and green candle with light volume
  4. Closes towards the middle with wicks

If a stock move strongly in the morning supported by smart money , then it respect vwap. When a stock is traded above the VWAP .If VWAP is rising then it shows buyers in control. When a stock is traded below the VWAP. If VWAP is falling it shows sellers in control

Step to follow
  1. Find the stock in a clear trend up (HH/HL) or trend down(LH/LL). Look for at least 2/3 candle in same direction with high volume
  2. THEN wait for price to pullback(WEAK) towards vwap
  3. Check whether price rejected from vwap or not. (look for rejection from vwap)
  4. If rejected go with the initial move
  5. Don’t buy aggressively until this stock heads towards initial direction.
  6. Check price action around opening range high or opening range low
  7. Those stocks that trade back above the opening range price are likely to go even higher. This is because of new bulls entry plus short cover buy order .so after the reaction period market set the tone of the morning trend


VWAP Trading System VWAP Day Trading Strategy in Detail


TIME CORRECTION(Stock to digest the directional move is through a time correction. In a time correction the stock move in horizontal, low volatility trendless manner. Generally strong trend has time correction

Because the pullback is shallow, it’s difficult to time your entry on a pullback. Instead, you can look to trade the breakout

What happening here is
  1. Initial upward movement shows the direction of major interest. Then a stock meets resistance and consolidates under this level .If the stock is strong enough to stay close to the resistance level without sharp retracement, it means that the path of least resistance is still upward and that the stock is likely to continue in the same direction as soon as it digests the distribution
  2. Smart money slowly and discreetly accumulate their positions is in sideways price action. There they can hide their activity perfectly. A sideways price action is a place where big institutions are getting ready for action
  3. Once bulls confident that the bears will fail to reverse the trend ,bulls buy again with tighter stop loss
  4. We prefer the range of the consolidation to be narrow
Step to follow
  1. Find the stock in a clear initial move with high volume.
  2. For bullish breakouts, look for price to hug the top of the range. For upward breakouts, trade only those situations where price closes above the middle of the opening range most of the time. Downward breakouts from the opening range do best when price resides below the range’s midpoint most often
  3. Price should above both PVWAP and VWAP
  4. Trade with the trend. In a bear market, downward breakouts tend to make more money than upward breakouts in intraday trading. In bull markets, upward breakouts make more money.
  5. Look Break out with volume and clean candle
  6. After the breakout the stock exhibit bullish price action. I mean breakout should follow through
What invalidate our setup
  1. Price take too much time during consolidation
  2. Price should not break initial move high(for long entry)during consolidation for upside breakout
  3. First candle have both upper and lower long wick

How to make a VWAP Trading System? Uses of VWAP Trading

Please watch the following video if you want to learn and understand VWAP Trading concept in a more better way.

In the next article, I am going to discuss Opening Range Trading Strategy in detail. Here, in this article, I try to explain the VWAP Trading in detail. I hope you enjoy this article. Please join my Telegram Channel to learn more and clear your doubtshttps://t.me/tradingwithsmartmoney.

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