Head and Shoulder Pattern

Head and Shoulder Pattern in Trading

In this article, I am going to discuss Head and Shoulder Pattern in Trading. Please read our previous article where we discussed Multiple Time Frame Analysis in detail. As part of this article, we are going to discuss the following pointers in detail which are related to Head and Shoulder Pattern in Trading.

  • What is the head and shoulder pattern
  • Types of head and shoulder pattern
  • Failed head and shoulder pattern
  • How to enter a head and shoulder pattern
Head and Shoulder Pattern:

The Head and Shoulders pattern signals a possible trend reversal from bullish to the bearish trend. And the opposite of it is called the Inverse Head and Shoulders pattern which signals a possible trend reversal from bearish to the bullish trend. It consists of four parts:

  1. The left shoulder
  2. The head
  3. The right shoulder
  4. The neckline

 

Head and Shoulder Pattern in Detail

Here’s what I mean:

Left Shoulder:

The market does a pullback. At this point, there’s no way to tell if the market will reverse because a pullback occurs regularly in a trending market.

The left shoulder moves up on big volume, retrace on lower volume

Head:

The market breaks and trades above the previous high. However, the sellers took control and drive the price lower towards the previous swing low (forming the Neckline).

Higher high (head) on lower volume than left shoulder, then retrace that goes below the left shoulder.

Right Shoulder:

The buyers make a final attempt to push the price higher, but it failed to even break above the previous high (the head). Then, the sellers take control and push the price towards the Neckline.

Then forms first lower high (right shoulder) on lower volume than the head. Sellers take control and drive the price down on more volume than previous upswing volume not confirmed until breaks neckline.

Neckline: 

This is the last line of defense for the buyers. If the price breaks below it with heavy volume, the market could head lower and begin the start of a downtrend.

Head and Shoulder Pattern Type

 

Head and Shoulder Pattern Type

The Failed Head And Shoulders Pattern

Once prices have moved through the neckline and completed a head and shoulders pattern.

Once the neckline has been broken on the downside, any close back above the neckline is a serious warning that the initial breakdown was probably a bad signal, and creates what is often called, for obvious reasons, a failed head and shoulders and prices resume their original trend

WHEN HEAD AND SHOULDER PATTERN FAILED

IF

  1. The pattern appeared in a strong trend
  2. The duration of the pattern is small

Let me explain to you

The Failed Head And Shoulders Pattern

 

1. The pattern appeared in a strong trend

The preceding trend before the head and shoulders pattern. If the market is in a strong uptrend, it’s unlikely that a simple chart pattern can reverse the entire move.

2. The duration of the pattern is small

If the pattern takes the small time it less likely to reverse a trend, its just a complex pullback

Here’s the thing: A Head and Shoulders that takes more to form are MORE significant than a Head and Shoulders that takes less to form.

Why?

Because if the market breaks the more time pattern Neckline, more traders will get “trapped” and their rush for exit will increase the selling pressure.

HOW TO ENTER A TRADE

For head and shoulder pattern entry condition

  1. The higher timeframe is in a downtrend
  2. The Head and Shoulders pattern formed at Resistance on the higher timeframe
  3. Volume confirmation
Entry method
  1. The tight range at neckline break out
  2. The breakout test of the neckline
  3. The first pullback
  4. Professional entry
1. The tight range at neckline break out

PRICE drives down to the neckline and forming a tight range. enter when price breaks down from NECKLINE and place stop loss above the tight range.

The tight range at neckline break out

2. The breakout test of the neckline

Often, the Head and Shoulders pattern may break down without forming a TIGHT RANGE.U MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY. If the market breaks down without forming a TIGHT RANGE, then wait for a pullback to occur. Price breakdown from the neckline and low volume test (PULLBACK) of the neckline is high probability short opportunity

What you want to pay attention to is to this previous support (neckline) that could act as resistance. If the market comes into this area (neckline) and it gets rejected, this now is a favorable trade location to look for short trading setups. And your stops can just go above the neckline. So, here’s an example:

The breakout test of the neckline

3. The first pullback
  1. If the market breaks down without forming a TIGHT RANGE, then wait for a pullback to occur
  2. If the market does a pullback(flag or tight range )with low volume and narrow range candle with upper wick, then go short on the break of the lows
  3. Set your stop loss above the highs of the pullback

So, this is what I mean by the first pullback, and here’s an example:

The first pullback

4. PROFESSIONAL ENTRY

Here’s how…

  1. Wait for the market to form the Left Shoulder and Head
  2. After it’s formed, let the price rally higher back towards the Head with low volume and narrow candle
  3. Go short when you get a price rejection (like Shooting Star, Bearish Engulfing pattern, outside reversal bar)

Here’s an example: Ahead of the Crowd.

PROFESSIONAL ENTRY

In the next article, I am going to discuss How to Trade with Support and Resistance in detail. Here, in this article, I try to explain the Head and Shoulder Pattern in Trading. I hope you enjoy this article. Please join my Telegram Channel to learn more and clear your doubts. https://t.me/tradingwithsmartmoney.

2 thoughts on “Head and Shoulder Pattern”

  1. Big up guys, I got really fascinated with the professional entry as soon as I get a heads and shoulder I’m going to implement it.

  2. Hi, I’m Vipin. I am reading your all topic on trading. I also make stock scanner as u told in your videos. Can you have a formula/ technic about “stock track over time”. I mean market open at 9:15 (we got opening price of stock) and after 5 mints (9:20 am) market show all most trade going up/down. we put formula on 5 mint show bullish/bearish trade.

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