BITMEX:XBTUSD   Bitcoin / US Dollar Perpetual Inverse Swap Contract
BITMEX:XBT forming a bearish rising wedge . vs BITMEX:XBT forming a bullish ascending triangle .


Rising wedge:

1. Prior Trend: In order to qualify as a reversal pattern, there must be a prior trend to reverse. The rising wedge can mark an intermediate or long-term trend reversal. Sometimes the current trend is totally contained within the rising wedge ; other times the pattern will form after an extended advance.

2. Upper Resistance Line: It takes at least two reaction highs to form the upper resistance line, ideally three. Each reaction high should be higher than the previous high.

3. Lower Support Line: At least two reaction lows are required to form the lower support line. Each reaction low should be higher than the previous low.

4. Contraction: The upper resistance line and lower support line converge as the pattern matures. The advances from the reaction lows (lower support line) become shorter and shorter, which makes the rallies unconvincing. This creates an upper resistance line that fails to keep pace with the slope of the lower support line and indicates a supply overhang as prices increase.

5. Support Break: Bearish confirmation of the pattern does not come until the support line is broken in a convincing fashion. It is sometimes prudent to wait for a break of the previous reaction low. Once support is broken, there can sometimes be a reaction rally to test the newfound resistance level .

6. Volume: Ideally, volume will decline as prices rise and the wedge evolves. An expansion of volume on the support line break can be taken as bearish confirmation.

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Ascending triangle:

1. Trend: In order to qualify as a continuation pattern, an established trend should exist. However, because the ascending triangle is a bullish pattern , the length and duration of the current trend is not as important as the robustness of the formation, which is paramount.

2. Top Horizontal Line: At least 2 reaction highs are required to form the top horizontal line. The highs do not have to be exact, but they should be within reasonable proximity of each other. There should be some distance between the highs, and a reaction low between them.

3. Lower Ascending Trend Line: At least two reaction lows are required to form the lower ascending trend line . These reaction lows should be successively higher, and there should be some distance between the lows. If a more recent reaction low is equal to or less than the previous reaction low, then the ascending triangle is not valid.

4. Duration: The length of the pattern can range from a few weeks to many months with the average pattern lasting from 1-3 months.

5. Volume: As the pattern develops, volume usually contracts. When the upside breakout occurs, there should be an expansion of volume to confirm the breakout. While volume confirmation is preferred, it is not always necessary.

6. Return to Breakout: A basic tenet of technical analysis is that resistance turns into support and vice versa. When the horizontal resistance line of the ascending triangle is broken, it turns into support. Sometimes there will be a return to this support level before the move begins in earnest.

7. Target: Once the breakout has occurred, the price projection is found by measuring the widest distance of the pattern and applying it to the resistance breakout.

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