The Three Black Crows Pattern

Three Black Crows
The Three Black Crows

The Three Black Crows pattern is the opposite of the Three Advancing White Soldiers pattern. The Three Black Crows pattern is a bearish reversal pattern that consists of three bearish candlesticks that are ominous and dark in color, hence the name. This is a moderate trend reversal pattern that should only come into consideration when it appears in a rally or an established uptrend. The Three Black Crows usually indicates a weakness in an established uptrend and the potential emergence of a down trend.

Each of the three candlesticks in the Three Black Crows pattern should be relatively long bearish candlesticks with each candlestick closing at or near the low price for the period. Each successive candlestick should mark a steady decline in price and should not have long lower shadows or wicks. Preferably, each of the three candlesticks should open within the real body of the preceding candlestick in the pattern but this is not essential. When this pattern appears in an uptrend, it indicates the potential weakening of the trend and a possible trend reversal. However, if the three candlesticks are over extended and make significant price declines, you may need to be wary of oversold conditions.

Chart Example

The Three Black Crows can be seen in the shaded area on the following 15-minute Euro/USD Forex chart. The Three Blck Crows were made from a double tops level at around 1.30249 that was made at 2:15 AM and at 11:00 AM on May 14, 2013.


3 Black Crows Pattern on a Euro/USD Chart
3 Black Crows Pattern on a 15 Minute EUR/USD chart


Hanging Man / Hammer

Hammer Pattern
Hammer Candlestick

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Belt Hold Lines

Belt Hold Lines
Belt Hold Lines

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Star Patterns

Evening Doji Star
The Evening Doji Star

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The morning star and the evening star have a doji or a spinning top as the second candle...

Engulfing Pattern

Bullish Engulfing Pattern
Bullish Engulfing

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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 White Soldiers

Three White Soldiers
Three White Soldiers

The Three Advancing White Soldiers pattern is so named because consists of three relatively long bullish (advancing) candlesticks, which are white or light in color. It is the opposite of the Three Black Crows pattern and is a bullish reversal pattern. The pattern consists of three candlesticks should all close on or near the high price for the period and should all be steady advances in price. This pattern appears in a downtrend where it indicates the emergence of market strength and a possible trend reversal.

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Reversal Patterns

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Harami Pattern

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