As of 07/11/2024
  Indus: 39,754 +32.39 +0.1%  
  Trans: 15,430 +330.93 +2.2%  
  Utils: 939 +20.22 +2.2%  
  Nasdaq: 18,283 -364.04 -2.0%  
  S&P 500: 5,585 -49.37 -0.9%  
YTD
 +5.5%  
-2.9%  
 +6.5%  
 +21.8%  
 +17.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 06/28/2024  
  Up arrow40,000 or 38,000 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow15,950 or 14,750 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow960 or 890 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow19,200 or 17,800 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow5,750 or 5,500 by 08/01/2024
As of 07/11/2024
  Indus: 39,754 +32.39 +0.1%  
  Trans: 15,430 +330.93 +2.2%  
  Utils: 939 +20.22 +2.2%  
  Nasdaq: 18,283 -364.04 -2.0%  
  S&P 500: 5,585 -49.37 -0.9%  
YTD
 +5.5%  
-2.9%  
 +6.5%  
 +21.8%  
 +17.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 06/28/2024  
  Up arrow40,000 or 38,000 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow15,950 or 14,750 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow960 or 890 by 07/15/2024
  Up arrow19,200 or 17,800 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow5,750 or 5,500 by 08/01/2024

Bulkowski on the Symmetrical Triangle Elliott Wave Pattern

This page describes the symmetrical triangle pattern of the Elliott wave principle, how price moves not in a straight line but in a series of rises and retracements.

The running triangle is very close to the symmetrical triangle. Click the link for more information.

The symmetrical triangle in a bull market. The figure to the right shows what a symmetrical triangle looks like in a bull market. The symmetrical triangle is a region of horizontal price movement, a consolidation of a prior move, and it is composed of "threes." That means each of the A-B-C-D-E waves have three subwaves. I labeled the A subwaves with red numbers, 1, 2, and 3, as an example. Expect volume and volatility to recede as the pattern moves toward the breakout, but this is not a requirement.

In a symmetrical triangle, the shape of the pattern follows two converging trendlines, shown here as red lines.

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The symmetrical triangle in a bear market. A symmetrical triangle in a bear market is an inverted picture of a bull market triangle. The price action swings from trendline to trendline, and converges. The A-B-C-D-E waves subdivide into threes, forming a 3-3-3-3-3 configuration.

On rare occasions, a symmetrical triangle can nest inside a symmetrical triangle. You see this when the wave count exceeds the A-B-C-D-E format, forming a nine wave pattern. Also, Frost and Prechter say that when price reaches the apex of the triangle, expect the market to turn.

 

Symmetrical Triangle Rules

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

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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