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.


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 ...

Hanging Man / Hammer

Hammer Pattern
Hammer Candlestick

The Hanging Man and Hammer candlestick patterns are related trend reversal patterns that may appear at the end of an uptend or downtrend respectively. This is a single candlestick pattern that with a short real body, little or no upper shadow and a long lower shadow that must be at least twice as long as length of the real body. The color of the candle is not import, only its location in the current trend.

The Hammer pattern is called a takuri in Japanese, which means testing the water for its depth. This is the bullish version of the pattern. A bearish ...



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 ...

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 ...


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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