Bullish Chart Patterns

How to Trade Bullish Chart Patterns

There are dozens of bullish chart patterns, not to mention dozens of ways to trade them. It can be overwhelming, from the inverse head and shoulder, double bottom, and triple bottom to the rounding bottom chart pattern. For today, I will keep it simple and talk about one: if you can learn to spot it, you can print money.

Bullish Chart Pattern Example

Inverse Head and Shoulders Pattern

An inverse head and shoulders is an upside-down head and shoulders pattern. It consists of a low, which makes up the head, and two higher low peaks that comprise the left and right shoulders. 

We see the inverted head and shoulder patterns in major downtrends.

If spotted, they’re moneymakers as the head and shoulders top used to predict reversals. Upon completion, the inverse head and shoulders pattern signals a bull market.

How to Find This Bullish Chart Pattern

The first and third troughs are considered shoulders, and the second peak forms the head. Once the pattern is confirmed, the price breaks out from the neckline.

To be sure you’re seeing an inverse head and shoulder pattern playing out, you must look for the following in your chart:

  1. First, the price falling to a trough and then rising
  2. Second, the price fell below the previous trough, then rose again
  3. Third, the price descended for the third time, but not as far as the second trough
  4. Finally, the price heads upwards and breaks through the resistance at the top of the previous troughs.

The Importance of Volume

One thing that needs to be mentioned is the significance of volume in the head and shoulders pattern. Without volume confirmation, this pattern is NOT VALID.

In this bullish chart, volume generally follows the price higher on the left shoulder. However, buyers aren’t as aggressive as once if the heads formed on diminished volume.

Furthermore, if the right shoulder volume is lighter than the head on the last rallying attempt, buyers may have exhausted themselves.

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Volume Confirming Bullish Chart Patterns

  1. An increase in volume should accompany the inverted left shoulder.
  2. The bullish inverted head must be made on a lighter volume.
  3. The rally from the head must have a greater volume than the rally from the left shoulder.
  4. Ultimately, the inverted right shoulder has the lightest volume of all.
  5. When the stock rallies and breaks through the neckline, you’ll see a massive increase in volume. The pattern is complete when the market breaks the neckline.

Trading Inverse Head and Shoulders

Let’s say you’re pretty confident this bullish chart pattern is happening on your chart. But when exactly should you enter? At the first trough?

What about the second trough? To be safe, traders generally go long when the price rises ABOVE the resistance of the neckline.  

Before you read any further, a word of caution: do not trade this pattern aggressively unless you’re a seasoned trader. Otherwise, you’ll be throwing your money away.

With that in mind, one strategy is to place a buy-stop order just above the neckline. In effect, by entering the first break of the neckline, you get to catch the upward momentum and ride the money train to the sky.

Unfortunately, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns with this bullish chart pattern. There’s a possibility of a false breakout where the right shoulder is lower than the left.

For those who like certainty, wait for the price to close above the neckline. In other words, you enter on the first close above the neckline.

Essentially, this means you wait for confirmation that the breakout is valid and buy on the first close above the neckline. 

Alternatively, you can place a limit order at or just below the broken neckline. This is an attempt to get executed at the price retracement to prevent slippage. However, you also risk missing the trade if a pullback doesn’t happen.

Profits Using Bullish Chart Patterns

One trick we can use to predict profits is to measure the distance between the bottom of the head and the pattern’s neckline. We then use that distance to project how far the price may move in the breakout. 

Let’s look at an example: Let’s say we have a ten-point distance between the head and neckline. Thus, we set the profit target ten points ABOVE the pattern’s neckline.

As mentioned above, if you’re an aggressive trader, place your stop-loss order below the breakout price bar or candle. Alternatively, if you’re a conservative trader like me, put your stop-loss order below the right shoulder.

If you want to learn how to identify and trade bullish chart patterns like the inverse head and shoulder, watch our videos in our trading courses

Final Thoughts on Bullish Chart Patterns

We all want to make money and minimize our losses when trading. Unfortunately, the road to trading profits has numerous twists, turns, and dead-ends.

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