As of 10/15/2020
  Indus: 28,494 -19.80 -0.1%  
  Trans: 11,989 +101.34 +0.9%  
  Utils: 875 +0.03 +0.0%  
  Nasdaq: 11,714 -54.86 -0.5%  
  S&P 500: 3,483 -5.33 -0.2%  
YTD
-0.2%  
 +10.0%  
-0.4%  
 +30.6%  
 +7.8%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/29/2020  
  Up arrow29,300 or 27,400 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow12,000 or 11,000 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow915 or 840 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow12,800 or 11,300 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow3,700 or 3,400 by 11/01/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 9/25/20
As of 10/15/2020
  Indus: 28,494 -19.80 -0.1%  
  Trans: 11,989 +101.34 +0.9%  
  Utils: 875 +0.03 +0.0%  
  Nasdaq: 11,714 -54.86 -0.5%  
  S&P 500: 3,483 -5.33 -0.2%  
YTD
-0.2%  
 +10.0%  
-0.4%  
 +30.6%  
 +7.8%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/29/2020  
  Up arrow29,300 or 27,400 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow12,000 or 11,000 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow915 or 840 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow12,800 or 11,300 by 11/01/2020
  Up arrow3,700 or 3,400 by 11/01/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 9/25/20

Bulkowski on Failure Swings

 

My book, Trading BasicsTrading Basics: Evolution of a Trader book., pictured on the left, discusses failure swings starting on page 90 in the section titled, "7. Good Eggs: Indicator Failure Swings."

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Failure swings are chart patterns that appear on indicator lines. They are small M or W shaped patterns that reliably signal short-term price turning points.

M-shaped Failure Swings
W-shaped Failure Swings
Other Examples
See Also

 

Failure Swings: M-Shaped

M-shaped failure swings

Look for M-shaped failure swings that span the trigger line in the indicator. The chart to the right shows the Wilder relative strength index (RSI) with the failure swing spanning the 70 overbought signal line (the horizontal line at 70).

The stock begins its turn as the failure swing forms. Notice that the second peak of the failure swing doesn't rise above the first peak. It fails to swing higher, indicating a weakening technical picture and a potential trend change.

The example pictured is taken from an actual stock/indicator pair. Various shapes for the failure swing appear to the left in the chart. Some analysts argue that the failure swing must span the trigger line (70), but you can find numerous examples where that is not the case and yet price changes trend. Failure swings occur in indicators other than the RSI, too.

 

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Failure Swings: W-Shaped

W-shaped failure swings

Look for W-shaped failure swings that span the trigger line in the indicator. The picture to the right shows the Wilder relative strength index ( RSI) with the failure swing spanning the oversold signal line (the horizontal line at 30).

The stock begins its turn as the failure swing forms. The example shown in the chart is taken from an actual stock/indicator pair. Various shapes for the failure swing appear to the left.

Some analysts argue that the failure swing must span the trigger line (30), but you can find numerous examples where that is not the case and yet price changes trend. Failure swings also occur in indicators other than the RSI.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

Failure Swings: Other Examples

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See Also

 

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