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Descending Broadening Wedges

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I wish you to be healthy and reach all your goals in trading and not only! Never give up on this difficult way which we are going to overcome together! Watch out for nearby support and resistance, make this your first target. The breakout occurs when price closes on the outside of the pattern, above the upper trendline or below the lower trendline.

  • Sometimes the price may break the lower trendline but quickly reverse.
  • The price may reflect the random disagreement between investors, or it may reflect a more fundamental factor.
  • The reverse holds true in the case of a descending broadening wedge.
  • The way that we would do that is by confirming that the rising wedge occurs after a prolonged price move.
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  • There are two wedges on the chart – a red ascending wedge and a blue descending wedge.

Ideally, you’ll want to see volume entering the market at the highs of the ascending bearish wedge. This is a good indication that supply is entering as the stock makes new highs. A good way to read this price action is to ask yourself if the effort to make new highs matches the result.

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Additionally, we will often see the slope of lower line of the descending broadening wedge to be steeper than that of the upper line within the pattern. That is to say that a rising wedge pattern can form near the terminal point of a bullish trend, while a falling wedge pattern can form near the terminal point of a bearish trend. Elliott wave traders will recognize the technical wedge formation as an ending diagonal.

  • That is to say that the intensity of the price drop following the wedge breakout to the downside will often be much more pronounced in the context of a trend reversal.
  • Because the trend was losing steam and a reversal was likely to occur, we could look for a short entry when the price broke outside the formation.
  • On the other hand, the right-angled descending broadening wedge consists of a horizontal top followed by a down-sloping trendline.

Commodity and historical index data provided by Pinnacle Data Corporation. The information provided by StockCharts.com, Inc. is not investment advice. FCX provides a textbook example of a falling wedge at the end of a long downtrend.

In an ideal scenario, an extended downward trend with a definitive bottom should precede the wedge. The wedge pattern itself usually takes a quarter to half a year to form. The upper trend line should have a minimum of two high points with the second point lower than the previous and so on. Similarly, there should be at least two lows, with each low lower than the previous one.

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And this pattern completes when the price breaks the resistance line. The Falling Wedge is a bullish pattern that begins wide at the top and contracts as prices move lower. This price action forms a cone that slopes down as the reaction highs and reaction lows converge. In contrast to symmetrical triangles, which have no definitive slope and no bias, falling wedges definitely slope down and have a bullish bias. However, this bullish bias can only be realized once a resistance breakout occurs.

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Being patient allows traders to thoroughly analyze the developing price action in the market and wait for the appropriate signals that confirm a trend reversal or a breakout. Patience helps traders avoid making impulsive decisions based on speculative movement and minimizes the risk of potential losses. Contrary to the Ascending Broadening Wedge, the Descending Broadening Wedge pattern features a downward price movement where the price range expands over time.

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Alternatively, you can set up a scan within your trading platform to alert you when that specific event is triggered. Let’s now go through the process of confirming the falling wedge set up. First and foremost, after we have identified the falling wedge formation, we want to analyze the price action leading to the falling wedge formation to confirm that a bearish price trend was underway. In different cases, wedge patterns play the role of a trend reversal pattern. In order to identify a trend reversal, you will want to look for trends that are experiencing a slowdown in the primary trend. This slowdown can often terminate with the development of a wedge pattern.

A long breakout candlestick shows that bearish sentiment was gaining momentum, and a strong downtrend was likely to follow. The horizontal trend line can act as a support or resistance level, depending on where the formation appears on a chart. The price will usually trade within the wedge until it breaks to either the upside or downside. If the trading volume increases along with the price, this indicates that the momentum is still strong and the previous price trend is likely to continue. If you are bullish on the security, you can go long when there’s an upward breakout and the price closes above the upper trendline.

Once we have established the two trendlines with the three price touches on either side we can trade within the patterns themselves, taking swing trades from top to bottom and bottom to top. If there is no expansion in volume, then the breakout will not be convincing. The falling wedge is not an easy pattern to trade because recognizing it is difficult.

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Get out your trend line tools and see how many rising and falling wedges you can spot. Draw them, and then make note of the price action on the breakout or breakdown, identifying what made them a bearish wedge or a bullish wedge. Note in these cases, the falling and the falling broadening wedge rising wedge patterns have a reversal characteristic. This is because in both cases the formations are in the direction of the trend, representing moves on their last leg. During a trend continuation, the wedge pattern plays the role of a correction on the chart.

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