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As traders, we use technical analysis as a reliable method for speculating on future price direction of both equities (shares) and indexes. Technical Analysis in simple terms is the study of historic price movements in a chart in search of patterns or consistently traded support and resistance levels. Today we are looking at a Double Top.

Appearance:  A double top Looks like a ‘M’ shape and comprises of:

  • A strong rally usually to elevated price levels,
  • A bounce off a resistance level (old or new),
  • A reversal heading bearish,
  • The bearish move comes down to a support level (old or new) and again reverses with bullish movement back towards the previous resistance,
  • Failing at Resistance a second time is the first indication of the double top,
  • The pattern isn’t confirmed until the support level breaks.

Pattern: The Double Top Pattern is a common chart pattern that can appear after the fact in a bearish market. The idea is to recognise it during the second bounce from resistance, watching the formation early on. Once that support breaks, it is a strong broader reversal pattern, and you can look at managing your positions.

Important Note: The Double Top is only confirmed once it has broken the support level and continued lower. If this doesn’t happen, you would be either looking at a channel forming, or a continuation pattern with further bullish movement.

Example: RIO

Rio Tinto a few months ago had this pattern form after a strong rise to roughly $87.00 . As you can see from the below chart, the stock rose up with strong volatility, bounced off resistance, came back down to a support level, once again pushed back up to the previous resistance, and then eventually turned bearish and broke through the support level at $81.50. As you can also see, the stock continued to move lower and has been falling ever since its highs at $87.00 .


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