Rounding Bottom Pattern

Rounding Bottom
Rounding Bottom or Saucer Bottom

The rounding bottom pattern, which is also called a saucer bottom, is a rare long-term reversal pattern that is sometimes seen on long time-frame charts. This pattern usually takes several months to a few years to form. The length of time the rounding bottom takes to form makes it rather difficult to identify. Its appearance is similar the cup section in the cup and handle pattern. Unlike the cup and handle pattern, though, the rounding bottom usually appears at the end of a downtrend or during a protracted ranging market.

In the rounding bottom pattern, the rate at which prices decline slows and eventually turns up slowly before accelerating gently. These price movements are usually advances and decline with increasingly shallower lows initially followed by increasingly higher highs after the upturn. The time it takes to form the left half of the pattern, i.e., the slowing decline, should be similar to the time it takes to form the slowly accelerating right half of the pattern.

The volume accompanying this pattern is of important in confirming this pattern. The volume should be high at the start of the pattern and should weaken as the price decline slows toward the low. Once the price turns and starts to advance away from the low, volume should also increase.

Entry Signal

The rounding bottom gives a long entry signal when the price breaks above the resistance level formed by the peak that marks the start of the pattern. At this point the downtrend is considered to have reversed and an uptrend should form.

Reversal Patterns

Trend Reversal Patterns
Double Top Pattern

Reversal patterns mark the turning point of an existing trend and are good indicators for taking profit or reversing your position. Generally, trend reversal patterns indicate that a support level in a downtrend or a resistance level in an uptrend will hold and that the pre-existing trend will start to reverse. These patterns allow you to enter early in the establishment of the new trend and are usually result in very profitable trades.

The common reversal patterns include the double tops and double bottoms, triple tops and triple bottoms, broadening tops and broadening bottoms, ...

Support and Resistance

Support and Resistance
Support and Resistance

Support and Resistance lines are often confused with trend lines but they are horizontal lines under the lows and above the highs respectively. They indicate where a previous rally met resistance and where a previous decline met support. These are two important levels in terms of trend identification since an uptrend will tend to break previous resistance levels above the market while a down trend will break the previous support levels below the market.

When the support line below the recent minor low in broken in an uptrend, it indicates that ...