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Horizontal Channel Pattern on the S&P/ ASX 200 (XJO)
As traders, we use technincal analysis as a reliable method for speculating on future price direction of both equities (shares) and indexes. Technical Anyalysis in simple terms is the study of historic price movements in a chart in search of patterns or consistantly traded support and resistance levels. Today we are looking at a Horizontal Channel.
Appearance: A channel pattern comprises of:
- A strong resistance level the stock has reversed from.
- A strong support level where the stock has moved bullish after touching or getting close to.
- A mid to long term period where the stock has channeled between the resistance and support levels.
Pattern: The Horizontal Channel Pattern is one of the most common patterns you will see when looking at a sideways market. You can see that when the stock hits that key resistance level, the share price moves down to start looking bullish. Once it has hit its support level, it usually changes to bullish straight away.
Important Note: To time this pattern correctly usually takes a little while since you will need the support and resistance levels to be confirmed before you can have a clear view that the stock is stuck between the channel lines. If the levels are not confirmed, the price level may just be taking a breather before heading in either the long-term trend line, or a breakout to the opposite direction.
Example: S&P/ ASX 200
The XJO has been in a sideways (horizontal channel) pattern for just over three weeks now. As you can see from the below chart, the XJO has bounced off the 6,300-resistance level and started to head back to the support at 6,200. Note also how the support level doesn’t always have to be touched for the index to continue in this channel.
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