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NSE:BANKNIFTY   Nifty Bank Index

Diagonal are the motive waves like an impulse wave, but diagonals are different from impulse wave in that they do follow the first two Sutras (rules of impulse wave) of Elliott Wave analysis, but they may or may not follow the third one i.e. Wave 4 should not intervene the territory of the wave 1. In a diagonal wave 4 almost all the time enters into the price territory of the wave 1.

Properties Of Diagonals:

Diagonals can be contracting or expanding type being expanding diagonal a rare one.
In contracting type, wave 3 is shorter than wave 1, wave 5 is shorter than wave 3, and wave 4 is shorter than wave 2.
In expanding type, wave 3 is longer than wave 1, wave 5 is longer than wave 3, and wave 4 is longer than wave 2.

Types Of Diagonals:


LEADING DIAGONAL: In a leading diagonal , waves 1,3, and 5 are all impulsive in nature or all in corrective form of zigzags. Wave 2 and wave 4 are always present in a zigzag form. A leading diagonal suggests the starting of a new wave & that is why it can develop wave 1 of a impulse wave and a first wave of a zigzag pattern.

ENDING DIAGONAL : This is the most common diagonal that can be found out at the ending of a main trend or main correction. It consists of all the waves 1-2-3-4-5 in a single or multiple zigzags. They can be found placed at 5th wave of an impulse wave or can been seen as a wave ‘C’ of a corrective waves zigzags or flat.

After the termination of the diagonal , a swift & a sharp reversal takes place which bring the prices back to the level from where the diagonal has began. (generally it retrace back to the wave-2 of the diagonal structure)


Sell BANKNIFTY 41150-41300 SL: 42100 and look for the downside target of 39700/38700/37700

Manish Bhardwaj (CMT L-1)
Analyst & Co-Founder





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