On the charting system, indecision areas are represented by symmetrical triangles. These patterns generally take place when there is pause in the market and there is questions regarding future direction. The patterns represent a graphical illustration of equivalent forces of supply and demand. Pushing higher will be answered with selling and any dip is regarded as a bargain.
The new higher bottoms and lower tops show more shallow compared to the last and take on a sideways triangle shape. The volume of transaction generally diminishes until a breakout occurs. A symmetrical triangle variation is the ascending triangle.
In a technical analysis, these are known to be bullish and when in uptrend are majorly reliable.
The triangle’s top is generally flat but can have an angle that is slightly turned upward. There is an upward slant at the bottom of the triangle. Here, the market is overbought and there is a fall back in prices. Buying returns and prices go back to past highs. Buying comes back at level that is higher than before.
In charting, the symmetrical triangle also has the descending triangle as a variation and it is usually known as being bearish, present in downtrends. The triangle’s bottom part seems flat or a small descending sloping angle is noticed.
There is a downward slant at the triangle’s top part. Prices are oversold at a fallen point. Buying trends of low volume appear in the low, having subsequent rising prices. Downward trends cause the higher prices to entice additional sellers making prices fall and test the old lows again.
Head and Shoulders
Technical analysis explains the head and shoulders charting pattern as a reversal pattern that is seen mostly in uptrend where it is highly reliable. This pattern is seen when there is a slowdown in the market.
Sellers enter at the left shoulder (highs) and at the neckline beginning, there is a probe of the downside. Buyers then come back to the market and eventually thrust through to the latest highs which the head represent.
The recent highs are turned back quickly and there is a re-test of the downside – continuance of neckline formation. Buying emerges again and there is an upward move in the market but there is failure in taking out the earlier high. The right shoulder is regarded as the last top.