DEFINITION of 'Inverse Saucer'
A technical chart formation that indicates the stock's price has reached its high and that the upward trend has come to an end. An inverse saucer is characterized by a steady flattening of the uptrend to such a degree that the market at one moment enters a sideways range, but then slowly starts to fall slowly and finally accelerates downward. This rare formation provides no clear price target but usually implies quite a lot of potential since 50% or more retracement of the preceding uptrend can be expected. Also known as "rounded top".
BREAKING DOWN 'Inverse Saucer'
Inverse saucers occur as expectations gradually shift from bullish to bearish. The gradual yet steady shift forms a rounded top. Volume during inverse saucers often mirror the bowl-like shape of prices during a saucer - volume, which was high during the previous trend, decreases as expectations shift and traders become indecisive. Volume then increases as the new trend is established.