Support and Resistance: Break upwards through resistance is a buy signal

Published 24 October 2019

Stocks that have broken upwards through resistance have continued to rise and have outperformed benchmark. These signals may be valuable input in a decision of whether to buy the stock. When monitoring a stock in terms of potential purchase, the period after a break upwards through resistance will statistically be a good time to buy.  This is in agreement with classic technical analysis theory.

According to technical analysis theory, support and resistance are among the most central concepts in technical analysis and can in theory be used to find good buy and sell levels.

Brudd opp gjennom motstandFigure 1: A break upwards through resistance is a buy signal. This is especially true if volume is also increasing. The sellers who used to be at this level are gone, but there is still buy pressure in the stock.
In theory, a stock that recently broke through a resistance level is expected to continue rising. Buying such stocks allows the investor to enter the stock early in a rising phase. If the stock has risen significantly since the break, a better price can be achieved by waiting for a reaction back.
Please note that stocks in falling trends often give false buy signals on breaks upwards through resistance. When buying such stocks, a long term and strong resistance level should be broken, and the break should be accompanied by increasing volume and positive volume development.

Research results

We have studied return from Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish stocks following signals triggered by stocks' movements in relation to support and resistance levels in technical price charts. We used support and resistance levels automatically identified in Investtech’s medium term price charts. We had 23 years of data, from 1996 to 2018.

The chart below shows average price development following buy signals from stocks breaking upwards through support identified in Investtech’s medium term price charts. The signals are triggered on day 0. Only days when the exchange is open are included, so 66 days equal approximately three months. The thick blue line shows the development of buy signal stocks. The shaded areas are the standard deviation of the calculations. The thin blue line shows benchmark development in the same period as the buy signal stocks.

Figure 2: Return following buy signals from stocks with break upwards through support identified in Investtech’s medium term price charts. Thick blue line is buy signals, thin blue line is benchmark, the Nordic markets, 1996-2018.

Annualised return (based on 66-day figures) Norway Sweden Denmark Finland Weighted average
Buy signal 18.2 % 16.8 % 16.8 % 9.4 % 16.3 %
Benchmark in same period 12.0 % 12.3 % 10.3 % 5.3 % 11.2 %
Excess return buy signal 6.1 pp 4.5 pp 6.4 pp 4.1 pp 5.1 pp

pp = percentage point

Stocks with buy signal following break upwards through resistance have risen in the following period. The rise in the first three months after signals was on average 4.0 per cent for 43,367 signals from the Nordic markets combined. This is an excess return of 1.2 percentage points compared to benchmark in the same period. Annualised return was 5.1 percentage points.

Statistical t-value is as high as 11.1 for the 66-day figures and suggests statistically significant positive deviation from benchmark development. An excess return of 1.2 percentage points in three months indicates that such signals can be valuable input in an active trading strategy, also when taking commission and other trading costs into account.

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Support and Resistance: Break downwards through support is a sell signal

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