Volatility Contraction Pattern is popularized by Mark Minervini, who is a two times US Investing Champion. Last year he won the championship with a record-beating 300+% in the year. He primarily uses VCP for his trading setups. It is a twist on the ascending triangle pattern with some variation.

It has the following characteristics:

The Stock must be in stage 2 uptrend.
A period of price consolidation must take place in thebase.
Price consolidation occurs after a stock has moved up in the price, the consolidation (or correction) is a constructive chart pattern that allows the stock to digest the bullish price movement.
Price volatility must contract through the base (from left to right).
During this period of price consolidation the stock price will correct.
Price must correct through a series of smaller contractions.
Each contraction should be tighter than the last, representing the absorption of more weak holders. Ideally this pattern has between2-4 contractions


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