Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns

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By (author) Thomas N. Bulkowski

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 1032 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 257mm x 43mm | 1,746g
  • Publication date: 24 May 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0471668265
  • ISBN 13: 9780471668268
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 140,426

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

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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 TradingPraise 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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The Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, recognized as the premierreference on chart pattern analysis, extends its lead with thisSecond Edition. This definitive text includes new bull and bearmarket statistics, performance sorted by volume shape and trend, more than a dozen additional chart patterns, and a new sectioncovering ten event patterns. Significant events--such asearnings announcements, stock upgrades and downgrades--shapetoday's trading, and Bulkowski gives readers the best informationon what happens after those events occur. He also shows you how totrade them and uses reliable statistics to back it all up. In each chapter of Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, SecondEdition you'll learn the following about each pattern: Results Snapshot--A statistical summary of patternbehavior, including its performance rank, breakeven failure rate, average rise or decline--all separated by breakout directionand market type (bull or bear)Tour--A broad introduction to the patternIdentification Guidelines-- Characteristics to lookforFocus on Failures--What failed patterns look like, why theyfailed, and how to avoid themStatistics--The numbers and what they tell you, separatedinto bull/bear markets and breakout direction, including averagerise or decline, failure rates, volume shapes, performance by size, and busted pattern performanceTrading Tactics--Strategies to increase profits andminimize riskSample Trade--Puts it all together, showing the chartpattern in action, with hypothetical or actual trades using realdataFor Best Performance--A table of selection tips to boostperformanceEncyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition also includessummary tables ranking chart- and event-pattern performance foreasy reference; a glossary; a chapter on methodology explainingwhat 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 technicalanalysis reference--one that will save you critical time inidentifying chart patterns and increase your likelihood of buyingnear the price bottom and selling near the top.

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.