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Two things to note on this chart of Corn futures: 1) The clean failure test above the summer’s highs, followed by a sharp selloff to the bottom of the range. 2) Price is unable to rally strongly off of the support at the bottom of the range. This shows a lack of buying support, and sets up a good trade on a potential break below the bottom of the range. Note that this breakdown, should it occur, is another nail in the coffin of the summer’s strong uptrend—this would be a serious challenge to trend integrity.

This is one of the advantages to understanding a set of trading patterns as I outline in the the book. Whether you trade them as actual trades or not, they provide a good framework for market analysis and also give good insight into the balance of buying and selling pressure in the market at any time.