The Engulfing Pattern

Engulfing Patterns
Bullish and Bearish Engulfing

The engulfing pattern is the inverse of the harami pattern with the exception that the candlesticks that make up the pattern cannot be the same color. It is similar to the outside reversal pattern. Like the harami pattern, the engulfing pattern consists of two candlesticks with the first candlestick being a relatively short candlestick with a short real body and the second being a large candlestick with a big real body that engulfs the real body of the first candlestick. The engulfing pattern can be either bearish or bullish, depending on its location on the price chart. In addition, the colors of the candlesticks are significant.

Firstly, the engulfing pattern is a trend reversal pattern and must therefore appear in an existing trend. The pattern is more reliable if it appears at or near a support or resistance line, or a trendline. Secondly, the colors of the candlesticks are important. In an uptrend, the first candlestick in the pattern must be light indicating that it closed higher than its open price. The second, larger candlestick must then be dark, indicating that its close was lower than its opening price. The small real body of the first candlestick indicates a degree of indecision and uncertainty about the uptrend. Then large body of the second candlestick indicates that supply has exceeded demand and that the onset of a down trend is very possible. Conversely, in a down trend, the first candlestick in the pattern must be dark in color indicating that it closed lower than its open price. The second, larger candlestick must then be light, indicating that it closed higher than its opening price. The small real body of the first candlestick indicates a degree of indecision and uncertainty in the down trend and the large body of the second candlestick indicates that demand has exceeded supply and that the onset of an uptrend is very possible. Thirdly, the length of the first candlestick's real body is significant as a smaller real body implies greater indecision and uncertainty. Fourthly, volumes on the second candlestick should be higher than on the first.


Dark-Cloud Cover

Dark-cloud Cover
Dark-cloud Cover

The dark-cloud cover pattern is the opposite of the piercing pattern and appears at the end of an uptrend. It is a dual candlestick pattern with the first candlestick being light in color and having a large real body. The second candlestick must be dark in color, must open higher than the high of the first candlestick and must close down, well into the real body of the first candlestick. The deeper the second candlestick penetrates the first, the more reliable the pattern becomes.

The dark-cloud cover pattern is also more reliable when it appear at or near a resistance line ...

Three Black Crows

Three Black Crows
Three Black Crows

The Three Black Crows pattern is the bearish counterpart of the Three Advancing White Soldiers pattern. It is a reversal pattern that consists of three bearish candlesticks that should come into consideration when it appears within an established uptrend, where it indicates a weakness in the uptrend and, potentially, the beginning of a down trend.

Each of the three candlesticks in the Three Black Crows pattern should be relatively long bearish candlesticks with little or no lower shadows. Each of the candlesticks in this pattern should mark a steady decline in ...



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 ...

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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