Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns


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In this revised and expanded second edition of the bestselling Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Thomas Bulkowski updates the classic with new performance statistics for both bull and bear markets and 23 new patterns, including a second section devoted to ten event patterns. Bulkowski tells you how to trade the significant events - such as quarterly earnings announcements, retail sales, stock upgrades and downgrades - that shape today's trading and uses statistics to back up his approach. This comprehensive new edition is a must-have reference if you're a technical investor or trader. Place your order today. "The most complete reference to chart patterns available. It goes where no one has gone before. Bulkowski gives hard data on how good and bad the patterns are. A must-read for anyone that's ever looked at a chart and wondered what was happening." - Larry Williams, trader and author of Long-Term Secrets to Short-Term Trading

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  • Hardback | 1032 pages
  • 185.42 x 256.54 x 43.18mm | 1,746.32g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0471668265
  • 9780471668268
  • 155,601

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The Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, recognized as the premier reference on chart pattern analysis, extends its lead with this Second Edition. This definitive text includes new bull and bear market statistics, performance sorted by volume shape and trend, more than a dozen additional chart patterns, and a new section covering ten event patterns. Significant events--such as earnings announcements, stock upgrades and downgrades--shape today's trading, and Bulkowski gives readers the best information on what happens after those events occur. He also shows you how to trade them and uses reliable statistics to back it all up. In each chapter of Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition you'll learn the following about each pattern: Results Snapshot--A statistical summary of pattern behavior, including its performance rank, breakeven failure rate, average rise or decline--all separated by breakout direction and market type (bull or bear) Tour--A broad introduction to the pattern Identification Guidelines-- Characteristics to look for Focus on Failures--What failed patterns look like, why they failed, and how to avoid them Statistics--The numbers and what they tell you, separated into bull/bear markets and breakout direction, including average rise or decline, failure rates, volume shapes, performance by size, and busted pattern performance Trading Tactics--Strategies to increase profits and minimize risk Sample Trade--Puts it all together, showing the chart pattern in action, with hypothetical or actual trades using real data For Best Performance--A table of selection tips to boost performance Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition also includes summary tables ranking chart- and event-pattern performance for easy reference; a glossary; a chapter on methodology explaining what each statistical table entry means and how it was calculated; and a visual index to make chart pattern identification a snap. The result is today's most comprehensive and valuable technical analysis reference--one that will save you critical time in identifying chart patterns and increase your likelihood of buying near the price bottom and selling near the top.

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"The book is called an 'Encyclopedia' for a reason. In roughly 1000 pages, it contains 53 chart patterns plus 9 more event patterns which will pretty much cover you for any chart you come across.... if you take technical trading seriously, it is a book that should be on your shelf." --Alan Battista, Stockineer.com Book Review

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About Thomas N. Bulkowski

THOMAS N. BULKOWSKI is a successful investor with twenty-five years of experience trading stocks. He is also the author of Trading Classic Chart Patterns (Wiley), and contributing writer to Active Trader; Stocks, Futures & Options; Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities; and other magazines. Before earning enough from his investments to "retire" from his day job at age thirty-six, Bulkowski was a hardware design engineer at Raytheon and a senior software engineer for Tandy Corporation.

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Praise for encyclopedia of chart patterns, SECOND EDITION "The most complete reference to chart patterns available. It goes where no one has gone before. Bulkowski gives hard data on how good and bad the patterns are. A must-read for anyone that's ever looked at a chart and wondered what was happening." --Larry Williams, trader and author of Long-Term Secrets to Short-Term Trading "Chart patterns are the basics behind most trading methods, and this book is a great achievement in a highly useful format. Bulkowski has taken an intelligent and thoughtful approach to producing a practical guide to understanding and trading chart formations." --Perry Kaufman, author of New Trading Systems and Methods and A Short Course in Technical Trading Praise for the First Edition "Not since Edwards and Magee has someone put together so comprehensive an assemblage of market behavior expressed graphically. No chartist should be without this book." --John Sweeney, Interim Editor Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities "Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns . . . is a valuable contribution to the existing literature on charting and should be considered an indispensable reference by any serious chart trader." --Edward D. Dobson, President, Traders Press, Inc. "Meticulously researched, complete, and insightful, the Encyclopedia has earned a permanent place on my trading desk as a highly valued resource." --Thomas A. Bierovic, Manager, Strategy Testing & Development, Omega Research, Inc.

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Table of contents

Introduction. PART ONE: Chart Patterns. 1. Broadening Bottoms. 2. Broadening Formations, Right-Angled and Ascending. 3. Broadening Formations, Right-Angled and Descending. 4. Broadening Tops. 5. Broadening Wedges, Ascending. 6. Broadening Wedges, Descending. 7. Bump-and-Run Reversal Bottoms. 8. Bump-and-Run Reversal Tops. 9. Cup with Handle. 10. Cup with Handle, Inverted. 11. Diamond Bottoms. 12. Diamond Tops. 13. Double Bottoms, Adam & Adam. 14. Double Bottoms, Adam & Eve. 15. Double Bottoms, Eve & Adam. 16. Double Bottoms, Eve & Eve. 17. Double Tops, Adam & Adam. 18. Double Tops, Adam & Eve. 19. Double Tops, Eve & Adam. 20. Double Tops, Eve & Eve. 21. Flags. 22. Flags, High and Tight. 23. Gaps. 24. Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms. 25. Head-and-Shoulders Bottoms, Complex. 26. Head-and-Shoulders Tops. 27. Head-and-Shoulders Tops, Complex. 28. Horn Bottoms. 29. Horn Tops. 30. Island Reversals. 31. Islands, Long. 32. Measured Move Down. 33. Measured Move Up. 34. Pennants. 35. Pipe Bottoms. 36. Pipe Tops. 37. Rectangle Bottoms. 38. Rectangle Tops. 39. Rounding Bottoms. 40. Rounding Tops. 41. Scallops, Ascending. 42. Scallops, Ascending and Inverted. 43. Scallops, Descending. 44. Scallops, Descending and Inverted. 45. Three Falling Peaks. 46. Three Rising Valleys. 47. Triangles, Ascending. 48. Triangles, Descending. 49. Triangles, Symmetrical. 50. Triple Bottoms. 51. Triple Tops. 52. Wedges, Falling. 53. Wedges, Rising. PART TWO: Event Patterns. 54. Dead-Cat Bounce. 55. Dead-Cat Bounce, Inverted. 56. Earnings Surprise, Bad. 57. Earnings Surprise, Good. 58. FDA Drug Approvals. 59. Flag, Earnings. 60. Same-Store Sales, Bad. 61. Same-Store Sales, Good. 62. Stock Downgrades. 63. Stock Upgrades. Statistics Summary. Glossary and Methodology. Index of Chart and Event Patterns. Index.

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