Triple Top Pattern

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Triple Top Pattern

A Triple Top pattern (TT) is a
bearish stock market technical analysis charts reversal pattern that is found at market tops.

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A Triple Top is one of the most reliable stock chart patterns found in technical analysis charts. It is a straight forward formation defined by three clear peaks in the market at about the same price levels. It is a variation of the Head and Shoulders pattern except that the three peaks all top around the same price level in a similar way to the double top.

The first peak in a triple top chart pattern is created when the prices fall back in a consolidation following a clear trending phase in the market. Prices then rise again to a around the level of the first peak but buyers fail to gain enough momentum to push prices up through the resistance. The third peak is created in exactly the same way.

Prices can fall slightly short or slightly exceed the previous highs but as long as they all top at around the same price levels it is quite normal. Either way, each peak should be on decreasing volume.

As prices fall back again sellers gain control and volume increases. The Triple Top is created when prices break down through the level of the previous consolidation lows and this should be broken on high volume.


A normal market will usually come back up to backtest the validity of the break down through the support level. This should be on much lower volume but on rare occasions, it may not do a backtest if the market is very weak.

Volume Confirmation

  • 2nd peak - decreasing volume
  • 3rd peak - decreasing volume
  • Subsequent decline - high volume
  • Break - high volume
  • Backtest  - low volume


A valid triple top pattern produces a measured move so we can find a price target by calculating the vertical height of the consolidation zone, and then measuring an equal distance below.     


A triple top pattern fails and is not valid if prices break back above the highs before hitting its price target. If prices are accepted back into the topping zone once it has broken down through support, it severely weakens the odds that it is a valid Triple Top chart pattern.   

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