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Bearish Chart Patterns : Technical Analysis

Here is a collection of chart patterns that have a historical pattern of being bearish.

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Pennant Pattern

pennant chart pattern

A pennant pattern is a technical analysis pattern that suggests a trend has stopped and is in a consolidation phase.

This can be either bullish or bearish, depending on it’s relation to the flag pole.

For it to be identified correctly, you have to identify the flag pole before the consolidation phase.

The flag pole is the rapid rise or fall of prices at the beginning of the consolidation phase.

A new trend is often established if the stock breaks upward through the top resistance line (signalling a bullish pattern), or breaks down through the support line (signalling a bearish pattern).

The pennant pattern gets its name from the resemblance of its shape to a flag planted on a hilltop. The Pennant formation typically forms after an extended move in one direction, and indicates that the preceding move has exhausted most of its momentum.


 

Double Top Reversal

double top reversal

The Double Top shows two peaks with a trough in between them. The second sell off is sharp and drops down through previous support levels. This is seen as a long term trend reversal.

 


 

Triple Top

Triple Top Chart Pattern

Triple tops must occur after an uptrend to predict the reversal in the movement of an asset’s price. It has 3 peaks & signals that the asset may no longer be rallying, and lower prices may be coming.


 

Death Cross

death cross charting pattern

The Death Cross typically shows up when the 50 day average crosses below the 200 day moving average. This is seen as a very bearish signal.

 


 

Inverted Cup and Handle Pattern

inverted cup and handle pattern

Inverted cup and handle patterns are extremely common in the markets. These formations have a large crescent-shaped decline followed by an upward movement that slows down or pauses at about halfway through its lifespan before reversing direction again for another round of selling pressure, dropping below previous support levels.

 


 

 

Bear Flag Pattern

bear flag pattern

 

Follows a strong downward move forming the flagpole. Consolidates in a parallel range sloping upwards before breaking down back through support.

 


Descending Triangle Pattern

descending triangle pattern

Develops after downtrend as consolidation. Has a flat support level and descending resistance line before falling below the support line to continue the downward trend.

 


 

Head & Shoulders Pattern

head and shoulders pattern

Comes after long bullish trends. Price forms three distinct peaks. The second one is higher than the other two and then drops down through the support level (called the neckline).

 


 

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