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Learn How to Trade Cup and Handle (rare but profitable pattern)☕️


If you are studying a price action, you should definitely know Cup and Handle formation.

Being applied properly, it can generate big profits.


In this educational article, I will teach you how to identify this pattern. We will discuss its psychology and I will share with you 2 trading strategies.


📏And let's start with the structure of the pattern.

The pattern has 3 important elements:

Cup - long-term correctional movement that tends to move steadily from a bearish trend to a bullish trend.

Handle - short-term correctional movement with signs of bullish strength.

Neckline - upper horizontal boundary of the pattern - a strong resistance that the price constantly respects.

⚠️Being formed, it warns you about a highly probable coming bullish movement.


The trigger that confirms the initiation of a bullish wave is a breakout of the neckline of the pattern and a candle close above.

Here is the example of a completed C&H with a confirmed neckline breakout, indicating a highly probably coming bullish movement.


Depending on the preceding price action, Cup & Handle Pattern can either be a trend-following or reversal pattern.

📉If the pattern is formed after a bearish impulse. It is considered to be a reversal pattern.

Here is the example of a reversal C&H that I spotted on EURUSD.

📈If the pattern is formed at the top of a bullish impulse, it is considered to be a trend following pattern.

Here is the example of a trend following C&H that I spotted on GBPJPY .


The thing is that while the price forms the C&H, buying volumes are accumulating. Even though, buyers are hesitant and reluctant initially, their confidence grows, and the accumulation leads to explosive neckline breakout.


There are 2 strategies to trade this pattern.


✔️ Strategy 1.

That approach is quite risky, but the reward can be quite substantial.

You should monitor the price action when the price is forming a handle. Occasionally, the price starts trading in a falling channel: parallel or contracting one.

Your trigger will be a bullish breakout of its resistance and a candle close above.


Once the violation is confirmed, you can buy aggressively or set a buy limit order on a retest.

Stop loss will lie below the lows of the channel.


Target will be the closest key resistance.

Here is the example of the handle being a falling channel.


✔️ Strategy 2.

Wait for a breakout of a neckline of the pattern.

Once a candle closes above that, it will confirm the violation.


Buy the market aggressively or set a buy limit on a retest of a broken neckline then.


Stop loss will lie below the lows of the handle.


Target will be the closest key resistance.

Here is the example of the trade based on a confirmed breakout of a neckline of C&P on NASDAQ Index.


Applied properly, the strategies may reach up to 70% win rate.

As always, the best pattern will be the one that forms on a key level.

Try it, test it, and good luck in your trading journey.

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