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Monday, October 22, 2007

PIERCING LINE vs. DARK CLOUD COVER

Both Piercing Line & Dark Cloud Cover are 2-day reversal patterns.
Whether a pattern is bearish or bullish reversal, it depends upon whether it appears at the end of a downtrend (Piercing Line) or an uptrend (Dark Cloud Cover).



PIERCING LINE (BULLISH)
Piercing Line
is a bottom reversal pattern / bullish reversal pattern.
It could be formed at the end of a downtrend, or during a pullback within an uptrend, or at the support.

This is a 2-candle pattern which can signal a possible turning point:
The 1st day is long black/red candle.
The 2nd day is a long white body candle that opens sharply lower, below the trading range of the previous day, but the price then rises and closes above the midpoint (50%) level of the black/red body of the 1st day candle.
If the following day the price continues to rise and close higher (preferably on a strong volume), it provides confirmation to this bullish reversal pattern.

DARK CLOUD COVER (BEARISH)
Dark Cloud Cover is a top reversal pattern / bearish reversal pattern.
It can be formed at the end of an uptrend, or during a bounce within a downtrend, or at the resistance.

This is a 2-candle pattern which can signal a possible turning point:
The 1st day is long white candle.
The 2nd day is a long black/red body candle that opens sharply higher, above the trading range of the previous day, but the price then drops and closes below the midpoint (50%) level of the white body of the first day.
If the following day the price continues to drop and close lower (preferably on a strong volume), it provides confirmation to this bearish reversal pattern.

To read about other Candlestick Patterns, go to: Learning Candlestick Charts.

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2 comments:

Tony Chai said...

Hi OTB :

Thanks for the articles on candlestick patterns that you've been putting up for us week after week.

I find it less intimidating to learn a particular candlestick pattern one at a time each week and take note of its implication than to pick up a candlestick chart book and get confused by reading chapters after chapters of candlestick patterns.

Yours Truly,

Tony Chai
My Options Trading Blog

OPTIONS TRADING BEGINNER said...

Thanks for your support, Tony. :)

These articles are just the summary of the important concepts of candlestick patterns that I learnt from books & many websites.

But I do share your opinion too. After reading too many books/websites, sometimes we'll get confused. That's why I like to summarize them for easier reference.

However, if one likes to get deeper understanding, reading books is still recommended.

Cheers,
Options Trading Beginner