2B DRAGON trade PATTERN ***11/21/2013

Just another name for a double bottom.

Double bottoms are strong reversal patterns...Naming the components of the pattern is just for fun although you can't really ID the pattern until you see support holding at the "dragon's front feet".

Daily chart

    Intr-day Trading Chart

Being that I define a 2B Dragon as a trend reversal pattern, in order to identify and validate it there has to be a trend to reverse ...That is, there must be a "tail" on the upper left hand side of the chart where prices have trended down from, relative to current prices.

Next you should see two distinct areas where prices refused to go lower...These lows represent the transitional area between trends - from sets of lower highs & lower lows to sets of HH's & HL's...These become the dragon's front and rear "feet" and they indicate that recent downward P/A is in the process of changing...the feet are either developing a new support level or are re-discovering an earlier support level.

The dragon's back or "hump" prints between the two sets of "legs" and will usually become the first higher high of the new upward trend (provided of course that the legs prove to be support).

A price consolidation area, or a "head" should develop shortly after the two support legs have formed...Sans the head, the pattern is 'just' a double bottom...
But with or without the head, it's a pattern that traders should be aware of...

2Bs and Dragons happen frequently, on very short or long term time frames and they lead to powerful drives that can be taken advantage of when spotted early. 


2/06/2013  The pattern shows up intra-day as well...
Divergence at the dragon's Rear-feet suggested a possible end to the down trend was imminent. The 2x divergence (TRIX histo and MACD) at the dragon's Front-feet said BUY...this had to do some work to break free of the level around the dragon's HUMP (over/under resistance) but the Reverse-Divergence there was encouraging.
360 tick
The green and dark red coloring in the indicator pane is the MACD Trend indicator,  showing cross-overs of the aqua Fast/Slow line and the red smoothing line. The solid, thin horizontal marks the MACD zero line.

9/25/2013    3xD 2B Dragon
90 tick
11/21/2013    3xD 2B Dragon
2/07/2013   Another 2xD 2B Dragon
180 tick

3/07/2013...Charts and women
Choosing which stocks to trade can be likened to how men (at least this man) choose their women friends...The initial look, the physical attraction is what first grabs a man's interest. This encourages him to to take the second step and talk to her,  hoping that he will continue to admire what his first instinct found visibly interesting - potentially moving on toward developing a relationship. If a man can't get past the 1st and 2nd steps, he might still look at her admiringly from time to time but most likely no further action will be taken.

I use a similar method for picking which stocks to follow - I look first at it's  chart. If I see a pattern I like, I'll then take the second step and glance at the fundamentals, looking for additional reasons to continue to explore my options. And even if the 2nd step fails to spark my interest further, I may still glance at its chart from time to time...

I get ideas from many different sources.Today an online friend, kensey, replied to a post I made on a new website he's in the process of creating. He is the creator of the very successful ClearStation website that melded Technical, Fundamental and Community analysis which he operated for over ten years before selling it to one of the major on-line trading companies.

Kensey's new website combines all of the great aspects that ClearStation provided plus he has added many terrific tools to enhance the user's experience; Market Scans and Trackers are two examples of new features he has included so far. I have always found his insights on market action to be of great value, along with his ability to narrow down the sectors/stocks that have above average potential...His new site promises to be even better than his previous one...

 Today he presented me with MITK which is exhibiting a 2B dragon pattern on the monthly chart...Below is a snapshot of his post and my reply. Take note of the increased volume that occurred on the run ups after both sets of dragon feet printed. Click the image to enlarge.

    After all these years of  scanning Daily/Weekly/Monthly charts  I have become ever more convinced of the power of technical analysis. Not that technical chart patterns in and of themselves are the be-all-end-all of picking stocks that will move in the way that will guarantee you winning trades...or that stocks and indices will always move in the way a pattern suggests they should, T/A of patterns can certainly help to "cull" the wheat from the chaff...

3/12/2013 False Flags
Trades don't always work out...The picture below shows an entry I took using 3xD and a 2B dragon pattern as the trade rational. I entered using a Limit+TTO at the Hump, after it broke that level and retraced..
In retrospect, it wasn't a good trade to take in the first place -  the low at the front feet was actually higher than the low at the rear feet, thus both entry reasons were wrong. There wasn't divergence and the Dragon never completely landed on the ground...

This is why I always use stops - to minimize the damage done by my sloppy chart reading, by uncooperative markets and by failed entry rational.
Below is another example that shows when an initial false rational can 'snowball' into further false flags - leading to a poor trade result.

 Using multiple time frames for perspective...plenty of patterns on each.