Technical Analysis

Wide Ranging Bars

What are Wide Ranging Bars?

  • Wide ranging, or long, bars occur when there is a bar that is at least 2-3 times longer than normal bars on the chart.
  • Often are the result of a major news announcement although this is not always the case.

Why are Wide Ranging Bars important?

  • Wide ranging bars signal strong momentum in the direction of the bar.
  • May signal that there is little buying interest in a bar down, and little selling interest in a bar up.
  • Can signal that possible support and resistance will not hold

So how do I use them?

If there is a wide ranging bar, generally that is a signal to stay out of the market. Our technical reports generally look for short term reversal points. If there is a wide ranging bar going into our entry, it may be a signal that the pattern being traded will not hold. In this case, we may simply cancel the trade.

Wide ranging bar

Bearish Wide Ranging Bar (USD/CHF, 30 minute)

Wide Ranging Bars Chart 1

Bullish Wide Ranging Bar (EUR/CHF, 30 minute)

Wide Ranging Bars Chart 2

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