Point and Figure Retracements

Retracement Chart Patterns

Retracements (or corrections), during a Point and Figure trend, tell us about the strength of the trend. There are three main categories in an up-trend, while the converse applies to a down-trend.

Short Retracement

If the retracement is short and reverses above the previous high, this signals both an absence of selling pressure and/or commitment from buyers. Expect a strong up-trend.

Respects Support

If a retracement ends at the first level of support, the previous high, this signals commitment from buyers. While not as strong as a short retracement, expect a healthy up-trend.


A strong up-trend on Yahoo displays a number of short retracements, reversing at or above the first support level (from the previous high).

Also note the triangle at [1] and the false break below the previous low at [7].

Long Retracement

A long retracement, especially when it follows a spike, signals trend weakness. Higher prices may be unsustainable and we need to look out for a short reaction followed by a change of trend.

The same applies to a long retracement following a downward spike: lower prices are unsustainable.


The All Ordinaries displays a recent example of a downward spike followed by rapid retracement and a subsequent trend-change.

  1. False break above the previous high in a down-trend.
  2. Equal high confirms resistance.
  3. Downward spike.
  4. Strong retracement.
  5. A short reaction follows: only two Xs.
  6. A break above the previous column of Xs confirms the trend change.