As of 04/19/2019
Industrials: 26,560 +110.00 +0.4%
Transports: 10,988 +52.62 +0.5%
Utilities: 772 +1.55 +0.2%
Nasdaq: 7,998 +1.98 +0.0%
S&P 500: 2,905 +4.58 +0.2%

YTD
+13.9%
+19.8%
+8.3%
+20.5%
+15.9%

26,900 or 25,500 by 05/01/2019
11,200 or 10,500 by 05/01/2019
825 or 755 by 05/01/2019
8,100 or 7,700 by 05/01/2019
2,975 or 2,800 by 05/01/2019

As of 04/19/2019
Industrials: 26,560 +110.00 +0.4%
Transports: 10,988 +52.62 +0.5%
Utilities: 772 +1.55 +0.2%
Nasdaq: 7,998 +1.98 +0.0%
S&P 500: 2,905 +4.58 +0.2%

YTD
+13.9%
+19.8%
+8.3%
+20.5%
+15.9%

26,900 or 25,500 by 05/01/2019
11,200 or 10,500 by 05/01/2019
825 or 755 by 05/01/2019
8,100 or 7,700 by 05/01/2019
2,975 or 2,800 by 05/01/2019
 
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Until recently, I didn't have a favorite chart pattern because I considered them just buy or sell signals. However, I am beginning to show affection for descending triangles with upward breakouts. I've made a lot of money trading this pattern, certainly more than from trading their ascending triangle brothers.
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Descending Triangle: Important Bull Market ResultsOverall performance rank for up/down breakouts (1 is best): 5 out of 23; 10 out of 21
Break even failure rate for up/down breakouts: 7%; 16%
Average rise/decline: 47%; 16%
Throwback/pullback rate: 37%, 54%
Percentage meeting price target for up/down breakouts: 84%, 54%
The above numbers are based on hundreds of perfect trades. See the glossary for definitions. 
Characteristic  Discussion 
Price trend  Can be any direction leading to the pattern. 
Shape  A price pattern bounded by two trendlines, the bottom one horizontal and the top sloping downward. 
Touches  Price should touch one trendline at least three times and the other trendline at least twice as distinct peaks or valleys. 
Crossing  This is important: Price must cross the pattern from trendline to trendline, nearly filling the available space. Avoid descending triangles with abundant white space. 
Volume  Recedes 83% of the time and gets quite low just before the breakout. 
Breakout  Can be in any direction but is downward 64% of the time. 
Confirmation  The pattern confirms as a valid one when price closes outside one of the trendlines. 
Consult the associated figure on the right.
Trading Tactic  Explanation 
The Measure Rule

Measure rule  Compute the height from the highest peak (A) to the horizontal trendline (B) and then multiply it by the above 'percentage meeting price target.' Add (upward breakouts) or subtract (downward breakouts) the difference to the breakout price (the point at which price crosses the trendline) to get a price target (C).  
Busted  Price sometimes breaks out in one direction and then reverses to bust out in a new direction. Trade the new direction for a powerful move.  
Breakout  The average distance to the breakout is 64% of the way to the triangle apex (where the trendlines join). The most powerful happen 80% to 85% of the way to the apex.  
Trend  Triangles that appear far up a rising price trend tend to flame out quicker. Look for triangles with upward breakouts near the start of an uptrend.  
Continuation  If price rises into the pattern it breaks out upward 73% of the time.  
Volume trend  If volume slopes upward, the pattern tends to perform better.  Score your pattern for performance 
Yearly low  Downward breakouts within a third of the yearly low do well. Upward breakouts show no significant trend.  
Throwbacks and pullbacks  Throwbacks and pullbacks hurt performance. 
New research shows that after the breakout, the market turns when it reaches the triangle apex.
This descending triangle chart pattern obeys the identification guidelines set for the pattern. At point A, price peaks below the horizontal trendline but few chart patterns are perfect. At point B, price stages a breakout and that results in a swift upward move. Such a strong advance is unusual.
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