Price Channel Pattern

Learn to recognize and trade bullish, bearish and horizontal price channels through interactive charts.

What is a price channel pattern?

A price channel occurs when price becomes bounded between parallel support and resistance lines. These trendlines can point up, down or even horizontally.

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Duration

A price channel can occur over various time frames.

Characteristics

A price channel is defined by two parallel support and resistance lines.

  1. Support is called the 'main trendline' and resistance is called the 'channel-line' in the case of an upward sloping price channel. The reverse applies in the case of a downsloping price channel.
  2. The more price points a trendline connects, the stronger its predictive power.
  3. Trendlines built over weeks or even months have stronger validity.

Trading volumes

A price channel has no volume requirements.

Price channel trading tips

  • Bullish price channel: if you expect the price to continue fluctuating up between these parallel lines, you could buy at the main trendline (support), with a view to sell higher at the channel-line (resistance). Alternatively, you could open a long position and benefit from the rise in price without actively trading the market.
  • Bearish price channel: if you expect the price to continue fluctuating down between these parallel lines, you could sell at the main-trendline (resistance) with a view to buy lower at the channel line (support). Alternatively, you could open a short position and benefit from the fall in price without actively trading the market.

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