Sideways Trend


DEFINITION of 'Sideways Trend'

Describes the horizontal price movement that occurs when the forces of supply and demand are nearly equal. A sideways trend is often regarded as a period of consolidation before the price continues in the direction of the previous move.

A sideways price trend is also commonly known as a "horizontal trend".

BREAKING DOWN 'Sideways Trend'

Sideways trend is generally a result of the price traveling between strong levels of support and resistance. It is not uncommon to see a horizontal trend dominate the price action of a specific asset for a prolonged period before starting a move higher or lower. Brief consolidation is often needed during large price runs, as it is nearly impossible for such large price moves to sustain themselves over the longer term.

  1. Consolidation

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  2. Trend

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  3. Support (Support Level)

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  4. Resistance (Resistance Level)

    A chart point or range that caps an increase in the level of ...
  5. Trend Analysis

    An aspect of technical analysis that tries to predict the future ...
  6. Basing

    A period in which a stock or other traded security is showing ...
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