Chart of the Day: Complex Consolidation in European Stocks

The daily chart of the DJ Europe Stock Index shows a two-legged pullback that could be read as a complex consolidation. This is typically a strongly bullish pattern, and we see similar structures in many other global indexes. Yesterday’s large standard deviation up close is a breakout on lower timeframes and “should” see clean continuation to new highs. There is also value here if this pattern fails—a failure would likely presage a more protracted pullback, leading to several weeks of sideways/downward prices, perhaps testing the parallel trend channel (dotted line) or below. This is one of the fundamental trading patterns I covered in my book, and we will be covering this coming week in my online trading course.


Adam Grimes has over two decades of experience in the industry as a trader, analyst and system developer. The author of a best-selling trading book, he has traded for his own account, for a top prop firm, and spent several years at the New York Mercantile Exchange. He focuses on the intersection of quantitative analysis and discretionary trading, and has a talent for teaching and helping traders find their own way in the market.