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Chart Patterns

Types of Chart Patterns

What are the different types of chart patterns?

 

Chart patterns can be basically classified into: Reversal and Continuation Patterns

  • Reversal patterns indicate that an important reversal in the trend is taking place.
  • Continuation patterns suggest only a pause in the current trend, after which the main trend will resume.

Reversal Patterns 

There are some preliminary points which needs to be kept in mind for all reversal patterns.

  • Existence of a prior trend.
  • The first signal of an impending trend reversal is often the breaking of an important trendline.
  • The larger the pattern, the greater the subsequent move.
  • Topping patterns are usually shorter in duration and more volatile than bottoms.
  • Bottoms usually have smaller price ranges and take longer to build.
  • Volume study is very important.

Examples of common reversal patterns are: Head and shoulder, Double top / bottom, Cup and handle and many more. 

 

Continuation Patterns 

  • Continuation patterns are an indication that the current trend is in a pause mode.
  • These patterns occur in the middle of a trend and signal that once a pattern has completed, the trend will most likely resume.
  • All kinds of time frames can be scoured for continuation patterns, such as tick charts, daily or weekly charts.

Examples of common continuation patterns are: Triangles, flags, pennants, and rectangles.

 

Note: Under reversal patterns & continuous patterns, several types of chart patterns exist that we will learn in our upcoming units.

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