Darvas Box is a simple, and interesting strategy used by the trader. It is a momentum strategy with no technical indicators.
Darvas Box Strategy is named after Nicolas Darvas, who was a dancer and self-taught investor.
He discovered “Box Theory” after gaining experience from the market and he believed that the shares which move up and down the chart move in a specific box pattern.
There are some conditions to use Darvas Box and we will discuss only buy strategy:
- Stock should trade near all-time high levels
- Fundamentals of the company should be good
- Volume plays a crucial role.
Prefer to use it daily time frame and above.
When the price is near all-time high levels, if price consolidates then there is a range or box formed having an upside ceiling and downside floor. Price consolidates in this range before breakout.
Volumes during breakout is very important and it should be high.
Let’s see some example now.
Dmart was trading in a range of 1955-2438 for six months.
After breaking this range upside, DMart price rallied from 2500 to 3200+ (Rally of 28% in 3 months).
During breakout, volumes should rise, and it should spike up.
Reliance Ind [Monthly Chart]
Price was trading in a box (range 341-570) for seven years. After breakout with good volumes, Reliance share rallied from 613 to 1600 in 3 years.
Darvas Box can be used for investment and time frame should be weekly/monthly.