Most traders who have even a passing acquaintance with technical analysis have heard about a classic chart pattern called the double bottom. It looks like a “W” on the chart. The standard trading methodology suggests buying when the stock breaks out past the middle peak of the W” and setting an initial target by adding the distance between the bottoms and the middle peak to the breakout price. (See figure 1). By buying the breakout a trader is hoping for a higher probability that the stock will reverse as opposed to going sideways. However, the temptation is always there to try and enter the trade earlier and capture some of the move up from the second bottom to the middle peak, which can sometimes be substantial, especially when the double bottom is quite tall.
The Trade Setup
If an earlier entry appeals to you, here are some possible clues you can look for:
How the bottoms form in relationship to the...
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