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Trailing Stop Orders on Alpaca!

Launching Trailing Stop Orders

(For details on how this works, please see the docs here https://alpaca.markets/docs/trading-on-alpaca/orders/#trailing-stop-orders)

New types of advanced orders are always exciting!

After launching OCO/OTO almost 6 months ago, we have been working on another hugely requested advanced order type, yes, Trailing Stop Orders! Today, we are excited to announce Trailing Stop Orders as a new addition to the list of advanced order types offered by Alpaca Trading API.

You can jump right into the API doc here.

Understand Orders - Documentation | Alpaca
Alpaca API lets you build and trade with real-time market data for free.

How Trailing Stop Orders Work

*Please do note that this is for illustration only and is not a recommendation or suggestion of this trade

Trailing stop orders allow you to continuously and automatically keep updating the stop price threshold based on the stock price movement.

In order to decide how you want the stop price threshold to be automatically updated, you can request either:

  • a single order with a dollar offset value (trail_price: string<number> a dollar value away from the highest water mark. If you set this to 2.00 for a sell trailing stop, the stop price is always hwm - 2.00.) or
  • percentage value (trail_percent: string<number> a percent value away from the highest water mark. If you set this to 1.0 for a sell trailing stop, the stop price is always hwm * 0.99.)

as the trail to the latest stock price. The latest stop price of a trailing stop order automatically gets updated as the stock price moves in your favorable way, or it stays at the last level otherwise.

This way, you may not need to monitor the price movement and keep sending replace requests to update the stop price that is close to the latest market movement. The stop price of a trailing stop order gets updated automatically.

You can also read the explanation of Trailing Stop Orders from Investopedia.

Trailing Stop Definition and Uses
A trailing stop is a stop order that tracks the price of an investment vehicle as it moves in one direction, but the order will not move in the opposite direction.

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For details on how you can place a trailing stop order via API, please see the docs here.

Understand Orders - Documentation | Alpaca
Alpaca API lets you build and trade with real-time market data for free.

Happy trading!

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