retracement

noun re·trace·ment \-smənt\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of retracement

plural

-s

  1. :  an act or result of retracing retracement of the outline made it sharper

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Financial Definition of RETRACEMENT

retracement

What It Is

A retracement is a temporary reversal in the movement of a stock's price.

How It Works

Let's say the stock of company XYZ increased 20% over the course of a day. Anyone who has ever looked at a trend line knows that the price is unlikely to rise continuously throughout the course of the day. Those periods during which the stock price decreases, despite the overall upward trend for the day, are known as retracements.

Why It Matters

Recognizing retracements is important for anyone who performs technical analysis on stocks. Fibonacci Retracements are commonly observed by short-term traders, and are an important aspect of Elliot Wave Theory.


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