Rectangles should generally be traded as continuation patterns.  They are indecision areas that are usually resolved in the direction of the trend.  Research has shown that this is true far more often than not. Of course, the trendlines run parallel in a rectangle. Supply and demand seems evenly balanced at the moment.  Buyers and sellers also seem equally matched.  The same 'highs' are constantly tested as are the same 'lows'. The market vacillates between two clearly set parameters.  (While volume doesn't seem to suffer like it does in other patterns, there usually is a lessening of activity within the pattern.  But like the others, volume should noticeably increase on the breakout.) (Chart examples of rectangle patterns using commodity charts.)  (Stock charts.)

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The information contained here was gathered from sources deemed reliable, however, no claim is made as to its accuracy or content. This does not contain specific recommendations to buy or sell at particular prices or times, nor should any of the examples presented be deemed as such. There is a risk of loss in trading futures and futures options and stocks and stocks options and you should carefully consider your financial position before making any trades.  The reference to statistical probabilities does not pertain to profitability, but rather to the direction of the market. The size and the duration of the markets move, as well as entry and exit prices ultimately determines success or failure in a trade and is in no way represented in these statistics.  This is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete study of chart patterns or technical analysis and should not be deemed as such.