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Double Top Pattern: Forex Chart Pattern

graphical price formation

The double top pattern is considered a graphical price formation which precedes existing trend reversal. It is typically formed in an uptrend and is expected to be followed by a drop in prices, while the longer it takes for the pattern to be formed the more reliable it is.

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The double top pattern is characterized by two parallel horizontal lines representing support and resistance levels which respectively connect two most recent local highs of the price and a low, holding a certain bunch of price fluctuations within. The price reverses twice at resistance levels under investor consideration the asset is overpriced there.

Double Top Chart Pattern

Interpretation of Double Top

In case the market price violates the pattern’s minimum or support level (plus certain deviation is possible), the formation is considered to be completed and can be interpreted as change in direction of the trend downwards serving as a sell signal.

Target price

Following double top pattern formation the price is generally believed to drop at least to its target level, calculated as follows:

T = S – H,


T – target level;

S – support level (recent local low);

H – pattern’s height (distance between support and resistance levels).

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