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Rising Wedge Pattern

By Kristoff De Turck - reviewed by Aldwin Keppens

Last update: Apr 19, 2024

How to recognize a rising wedge?

A rising wedge is a chart pattern characterized by two rising trend lines running in the same direction but with different slopes. The lower trend line is steeper than the upper trend line which in itself is a sign that buyers are moving increasingly faster into the market during intermediate price dips.

The difference in slope between the lower and upper rising trend line creates the typical wedge pattern

The pattern is thus characterized by :

  • an upper uptrend line representing the tops
  • a lower rising trend line with a sharper slope than the upper one, representing the intermediate bottoms.

To increase the reliability of the pattern, there must be at least 5 reversal points within the pattern, ignoring the exact starting point on the lower and upper trendlines.

Rising Wedge Breakout below the lower trendline

Despite the fact that the pattern itself is created by a succession of increasingly higher bottoms and tops, this is a typical bearish reversal pattern and not a continuation pattern as is the case with the triangle formations, for example.

A rising wedge assumes a breakout below the lower rising trend line (the trendline with the sharpest slope). If that happens, further downward movement is expected.

Retest of the initial breakout level

As with many other patterns, you can opt not to trade the initial breakout and wait for the price to retest the breakout level. The advantage of this way is that from a risk/reward standpoint it usually yields the best setups.

The disadvantage versus the classic breakout is that if the initial move is strong and continues immediately you will be too late to jump on board

Rising Wedge Breakout above the upper trendline

Breakouts above the upper trendline are not very common but they do exist. When they do occur, these are usually extended moves with high momentum which usually occur at the end of a (strongly) rising trend (recognizable by the sudden considerable distance from, for example, the SMA20). Going long based on this upward price breakout is highly speculative because the probability of an at least equally sharp decline is quite significant.

Rising Wedge Price Target

The first price target (D) in a downward breakout is generally taken to be the distance equal to the largest possible difference between the upper and lower trend line within the pattern itself (A > B).

The subsequent price target is the low of the pattern itself (B)

Trading example for the Rising Wedge chart pattern

Good rising wedge setups don't happen that often. What is really important is that the two lines of the pattern strongly converge to each other and that one of the two lines has a clearly stronger degree of rising or falling than the other line. As a reminder, in a rising wedge, it is the lower trend line of the pattern that rises faster than the upper one. See the images below.

Short entry @ $22.48

Stoploss @ $24.45

First target @ $19.50

Price target was achieved on date of May 10, 2021

A 3R gain was even achieved on date of June 18, 2021.

Wedge Screenfilters in ChartMill

ChartMill offers the possibility to screen for Rising Wedges. The filter can perfectly serve as a basis for a first selection which can then be further fine-tuned manually. Below a few recent results of the filter 'Rising Wedge - ST'.

To configure the filters, go to the Stock Screener page and select the 'Indicators' tab. Then open the drop down menu under 'Chart Patterns'.

Now choose one of the available options.

The addition "ST" stands for Short Term. In this case, ChartMill will search for wedges within a time frame of up to 60 periods.

If the wedge formations are not visible on the chart, it means that the chart settings still need to be adjusted. Choose the 'Main Chart' tab and click on the plus sign (blue button). Then click 'Select Overlay To Add' in the lower ticker field. In the drop down menu, scroll all the way down and select 'Support + Resistance Lines'. Now the patterns are visible in your charts.

A sample screen filter for the Rising Wedge Chart Pattern short term (US stocks, minimum price of $5 and a minimum volume of 200,000)