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DEFINITION of 'Trendline'

A line that is drawn over pivot highs or under pivot lows to show the prevailing direction of price. Trendlines are a visual representation of support and resistance in any time frame.

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BREAKING DOWN 'Trendline'

Trendlines are used to show direction and speed of price. Trendlines also describe patterns during periods of price contraction.

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