The Dark-Cloud Cover Pattern

Dark-Cloud Cover
Dark-Cloud Cover and Piercing Patterns

The Dark-cloud Cover pattern is a bearish trend reversal or top reversal pattern that appears in an uptrend and signals a potential weakness in the uptrend. It is a two-candlestick pattern and is the antithesis of the piercing pattern. As it is a bearish trend reversal pattern, the dark-cloud cover pattern is only valid if it appears in an uptrend. The first candlestick in this pattern must be a light candlestick with a large real body. The following candlestick should be a dark candlestick that opens above the high of the first candlestick but closes well into the real body of the first candlestick, signaling a change in sentiment. The pattern is more reliable if the second candlestick closes below the middle of the first candlestick, with the deeper the penetration of the second candlestick the more significant it becomes. It also becomes more significant if the two candlesticks that form the pattern are Marubozu candlesticks with no upper or lower shadows.

As with most trend reversal patterns, the dark-cloud cover pattern becomes more reliable depending on where it appears on the price chart in relation to trendlines, pivot point, and support and resistance lines, etc. A dark-cloud cover pattern at or near a trendline or a resistance line can be used as confirmation that the test of the trendline is more likely to fail. The high point of the dark-cloud cover pattern can also serve as a resistance line, and a possible location for a stop loss.


Engulfing Pattern

Bullish Engulfing Pattern
Bullish Engulfing

The Engulfing pattern is a reversal candlestick pattern that can appear at the end of an uptrend or at the end of a downtrend. The first candlestick in this pattern is characterized by a small body and is followed by a larger candlestick whose body completely engulfs the previous candlestick's body.

The colors of the candlesticks that make up the engulfing pattern are important. When the engulfing pattern appears at the end an uptrend, it is a bearish reversal signal and indicates a weakness in the uptrend and ...

Tweezers Pattern

Tweezers Top
Tweezers Top

The Tweezers Top and Tweezers Bottom patterns are minor trend reversal patterns that consist of two candlesticks with the same approximate high or the same approximate low respectively. The two candlesticks should have alternating colors with the first confirming the current trend and the second indicating a weakness in the trend. The reliability of these patterns increase when the first candlestick is has a large real body while the second candlestick has a short real body.

In the Tweezers Top pattern, the first candlestick should be a bullish candlestick with a ...



Harami Pattern

Bullish Harami Pattern
Bullish Harami Pattern

'Harami' is an old Japanese word that means pregnant and describes this pattern quite well. The harami pattern consists of two candlesticks with the first candlestick being the mother that completely encloses the second, smaller candlestick. It is a reversal candlestick pattern that can appear in either an uptrend or a downtrend. When the second candlestick is a doji, the pattern is called a harami cross and is more significant than the normal harami pattern as the doji's lack of a real body indicates great indecision and uncertainty.

When the harami pattern is ...

Belt Hold Lines

Belt Hold Lines
Belt Hold Lines

The Belt-Hold candlestick pattern is a minor trend reversal pattern. It is a single candlestick pattern that consists of a Marubozu candlestick that can be bullish or bearish. A bearish belt-hold line consists of a single dark candlestick that opens at or near its high and closes at or near its low, while a bullish belt-hold line consists of a single rising candlestick that also opens at or near its high and closes at or near its low.

The length of these candlesticks indicates the extent of its significance, which is further enhanced when it appears near market extremes as in an ...


Continuation Patterns

Continuation Patterns
Three Methods

Continuation patterns indicate that there is a greater probability of the continuation of a trend than a trend reversal.. These patterns are generally formed when the price action enters a consolidation phase during a pre-existing trend. During the consolidation phase, the trend appears to change; however, the continuation of the preceding trend is more probable.

Some of the common continuation patterns include the cup and handle pattern, flags and pennants, symmetrical triangles, ascending triangle and desc...


Reversal Patterns

Trend Reversal Patterns
Harami Pattern

Reversal patterns mark the turning point of an existing trend and are good indicators for taking profit or reversing your position. Generally, trend reversal patterns indicate that a support level in a downtrend or a resistance level in an uptrend will hold and that the pre-existing trend will start to reverse. These patterns allow you to enter early in the establishment of the new trend and are usually result in very profitable trades.

The common reversal patterns include the double tops and double bottoms, triple tops and triple bottoms, broadening tops and broadening bottoms, ...


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