Analysis

Statistics on short term rectangle formations – Oslo Stock Exchange 1996 - 2014

Published 14 June 2017

A research report from Investtech based on 19 years of data from the Oslo Stock Exchange in Norway shows that buy signals from short term rectangle formations statistically gave a price increase of 4.7 per cent in the three months following the signal. Stocks with sell signals from short term rectangle formations on average increased by 1.9 % the following three months.

Identification of geometric price patterns in stock prices is an important area of technical analysis. The idea is that these patterns describe the investors’ mental state, i.e. whether they will want to sell or buy stocks in the time ahead, and they thereby indicate the future direction of the stock price. Rectangle formations are one type of such patterns.

The development of a rectangle formation mirrors uncertainty among investors about the stock’s direction. The price moves sideways between support and resistance. A break upwards signals increasing investor optimism, while a break downwards signals increasing pessimism.

Rektangelformasjon kjøp

Figure 1: Buy signal from rectangle formation.

Rektangelformasjon selg

Figure 2: Sell signal from rectangle formation.

In technical analysis terminology we say that a break upwards triggers a buy signal. Similarly a break downwards from a rectangle formation triggers a sell signal. We have investigated the price movements following buy and sell signals from short term rectangle formations on Norway’s Oslo Stock Exchange.

Investtech’s computers identified a total of 1,383 buy signals and 1,072 sell signals in this period.

Figure 3: Price development following buy and sell signals from rectangle formations on the Oslo Stock Exchange identified by Investtech’s automatic algorithms in short term charts. Click the image for bigger version.

The chart shows average price development following buy and sell signals from rectangle formations. The signals are triggered on day 0. Only days when the exchange is open are included, so 66 days equal approximately 3 months. Buy signals are the blue line and the sell signals are the red one. The shaded areas show the standard deviation for these calculations. The black line is the benchmark index.

Buy signals have an average return of 4.7 % in the three months following the signal, and sell signals a return of 1.9 %. Relative to average benchmark development, buy signals gave an excess return of 1.4 percentage points and sell signals a negative excess return of 1.4 percentage points.

You will find more results and details in the research report here.

 

Keywords: Buy signal,Oslo Stock Exchange,rectangle,Sell signal,short term,statistics.

Written by

Geir Linløkken
Head of Research and Analysis
at Investtech

"Investtech analyses the psychology of the market and gives concrete trading suggestions every day."

Espen Grønstad
Partner & Senior Advisor - Investtech
 


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