As of 03/30/2020
  Indus: 22,327 +690.70 +3.2%  
  Trans: 7,791 +91.73 +1.2%  
  Utils: 785 +26.21 +3.5%  
  Nasdaq: 7,774 +271.77 +3.6%  
  S&P 500: 2,627 +85.18 +3.4%  
YTD
-21.8%  
-28.5%  
-10.7%  
-13.4%  
-18.7%  
  Targets    Overview: 03/15/2020  
  Down arrow19,000 or 25,600 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow6,700 or 9,000 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow600 or 800 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow7,000 or 8,400 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow2,300 or 2,900 by 04/15/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 3/23/20
As of 03/30/2020
  Indus: 22,327 +690.70 +3.2%  
  Trans: 7,791 +91.73 +1.2%  
  Utils: 785 +26.21 +3.5%  
  Nasdaq: 7,774 +271.77 +3.6%  
  S&P 500: 2,627 +85.18 +3.4%  
YTD
-21.8%  
-28.5%  
-10.7%  
-13.4%  
-18.7%  
  Targets    Overview: 03/15/2020  
  Down arrow19,000 or 25,600 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow6,700 or 9,000 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow600 or 800 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow7,000 or 8,400 by 04/15/2020
  Down arrow2,300 or 2,900 by 04/15/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 3/23/20

Bulkowski on Time and Pattern Width

 

Time vs Pattern Width: Summary, Methodology, and Results

This page examines the relationship between time to the ultimate high or low and pattern width.

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My book, Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns Second EditionEncyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition book., shown on the left, has statistics about pattern size for each of the chart patterns in the book.

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-- Tom Bulkowski

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I used 40 different chart patterns (such as a falling wedge, double bottom, and so on) and over a thousand stocks, starting from July 1991 to June 2008. I logged the pattern width and the time it took to reach the ultimate high or low. The ultimate high or low is the highest high or lowest low, respectively, before price changes trend by at least 20%. As an example for the ultimate high, that means a decline of at least 20%. I uncovered 23,342 chart patterns that qualified. I used them all and wish I hadn't. The spreadsheet was about 25 megabytes in size and when you changed one variable, it took between 20 and 40 minutes to recalculate it.

Time vs Pattern Width: Downward Breakouts

Frequency distribution of ratio between time to ultimate low vs pattern width

The chart shows a frequency distribution of the ratio of the time from the end of the pattern to the ultimate low divided by the pattern width. Values above 1 mean it takes longer to reach the ultimate low than the pattern is wide. I show 1.00 circled in red. The bar is off the chart because 55% of the patterns take less than the pattern's width to reach the ultimate low.

The two red bars include the Fibonacci values of 38% and 62% (the first column includes all ratios up to 1. The next column includes the ratios from over 1 up to and including 1.05. Thus the 38% and 62% values will appear in the 1.40 and 1.65 columns). The right-most column is a catch-all because it includes all ratios over 2.40.

I do not see anything significant here at all. I had hoped to see peaks at the Fibonacci extension levels, but they are not there.

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Time vs Pattern Width: Upward Breakouts

Frequency distribution of ratio between time to ultimate high vs pattern width

What about upward breakouts? A similar chart appears and I show that directly above. I used the same method as before only I compared the time to the ultimate high versus the pattern width. The red bars include the Fibonacci values of 38% and 62%, just as before. This time, however, fewer patterns flame out before exceeding the pattern width. Just 39% fall into the first category (every ratio up to 1.00). That means 61% of the patterns take longer to reach the ultimate high than the pattern's width.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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See Also

 

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My novels:  Bumper's Story Head's Law

Chart Patterns: After the Buy Getting Started in Chart Patterns, Second Edition Trading Basics Fundamental Analysis and Position Trading Swing and Day Trading Visual Guide to Chart Patterns Encyclopedia of Candlestick Charts Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition Trading Classic Chart Patterns

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