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Symmetrical chart patterns can be found in almost any market and any time frame. They normally signify some indecision in the market and as the pattern develops it is common to see a decrease in volume. The pattern forms as the bar's highs and lows inside the triangle converge so as to outline the shape of a triangle.
Symmetrical triangles have a tendency to break in the direction of the preceding trend and are often accompanied by heavy volume. Although this is often the case it is not a given and regardless of the direction of the break there are normally good opportunities to trade the breakout.
In the example of the Japanese Yen (see second chart) point 1 was 111.71 and point 2 was 102.00 which gave us a base of 9.71. The breakout occurred at approximately 108.90. If we add 9.71 to 108.90 it gave us a target of 118.61.
Although symmetrical triangle can often mean continuation of the trend this particular triangle (second chart) formed at the end of a downtrend and broke up.
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