As of 02/21/2024
  Indus: 38,612 +48.44 +0.1%  
  Trans: 15,582 +118.68 +0.8%  
  Utils: 854 +11.76 +1.4%  
  Nasdaq: 15,581 -49.91 -0.3%  
  S&P 500: 4,982 +6.29 +0.1%  
YTD
 +2.4%  
-2.0%  
-3.1%  
 +3.8%  
 +4.4%  
  Targets    Overview: 02/13/2024  
  Down arrow37,700 or 39,000 by 03/15/2024
  Up arrow16,400 or 15,400 by 03/01/2024
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 03/01/2024
  Down arrow15,000 or 16,400 by 03/15/2024
  Down arrow4,850 or 5,100 by 03/15/2024
As of 02/21/2024
  Indus: 38,612 +48.44 +0.1%  
  Trans: 15,582 +118.68 +0.8%  
  Utils: 854 +11.76 +1.4%  
  Nasdaq: 15,581 -49.91 -0.3%  
  S&P 500: 4,982 +6.29 +0.1%  
YTD
 +2.4%  
-2.0%  
-3.1%  
 +3.8%  
 +4.4%  
  Targets    Overview: 02/13/2024  
  Down arrow37,700 or 39,000 by 03/15/2024
  Up arrow16,400 or 15,400 by 03/01/2024
  Up arrow870 or 800 by 03/01/2024
  Down arrow15,000 or 16,400 by 03/15/2024
  Down arrow4,850 or 5,100 by 03/15/2024

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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