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As of 02/20/2019
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This page describes the zigzag pattern of the Elliott wave principle, how price moves not in a straight line but in a series of rises and retracements.

The zigzag wave in a bull market. The figure to the right shows two zigzag waves. The first on the left, in blue, is an ABC correction of the prior motive wave in a bull market. It shows how wave B ends well below the start of wave A.

The right figure shows the 5-3-5 subwaves that make up the zigzag. Think of each subwave as a line segment in the illustration.

 

 

 

The zigzag in a bear market. The chart on the right shows the zigzag pattern in a bear market. This is just an inversion of the prior chart and is sometimes called an inverted zigzag. Wave B falls well short of the start of wave A, just as in the prior chart. The chart shows the 5-3-5 subwaves using numbers 1 through 5.

Zigzag Wave Rules

The zigzag has rules that govern its shape. They are listed here.

  • The zigzag is an ABC correction of the motive wave.
  • The pattern follows the 5-3-5 subwave configuration.
  • Subwave B falls well short of the start of subwave A.

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