How to trade chart patterns: Gold’s Head-Shoulder Formation

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  • 25.04.2019
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<p>There are numerous chart formations in the world of trading: head-shoulder, ascending/falling wedges, triangles, harmonic patterns, etc., to name only a few.</p><p>Today, we want to focus on a specific chart formation which is currently developing in Gold: a head-shoulder formation on a daily time frame, and how to formulate an a strategy to trade it. </p><p><br></p>
<h2>The Head-Shoulder formation</h2><p>Before we’ll look at the formation in Gold, we have to make sure that we know what we are looking for. In theory, the head and shoulder formation is a classic trend reversal formation. </p><p>’Trend reversal formation’ means that charts show a reversal of an existing trend, for example, a sequence of higher highs followed by higher lows. </p><p>This sequence is then followed by a structure of falling highs and lows, which allows for strong opportunities to trade. </p><p>Here an interesting side note: some technical traders prefer the resulting neckline to rise, some prefer a falling neckline, some have no preference. </p><p>No matter which “neckline style” you prefer, by dropping perpendicular from the “head” of the formation to the neckline, you get a chance to project a potential target on the downside if the pattern pans out.</p><h2><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/analytics/traders-blog/gold-head-shoulder-strategy”><img style=”width:auto;” class=”img-responsive” src=”https://fxmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/remote/e60cff8b2a6f5a001b3d97cb3134b93a.png” style=”” alt=”Head-shoulder chart formation” rel=””></a></h2><p>In the following, let’s use this theoretical knowledge and adopt it to the current technical picture we see in Gold on a daily time frame.</p><p><br></p>
<h2>Application of the head-shoulder formation in Gold</h2><p>When looking at the daily chart below, one can clearly spot a sequence of higher highs and lows (marked in red) during the period between August 2018 through February 2019: </p><p><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/analytics/traders-blog/gold-head-shoulder-strategy”><img style=”width:auto;” class=”img-responsive” src=”https://fxmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/remote/187f5a9e737ca35244c5b048b043a7d1.png”></a></p><p><em>Source: Admiral Markets </em><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/trading-platforms/metatrader-5″><em>MT5 </em></a><em>with </em><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/trading-platforms/metatrader-se”><em>MT5-SE</em></a><em> Add-on Gold Daily chart (between January 23, 2018 to April 18, 2019). Accessed: April 18, 2019, at 15:30 GMT – Please note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, or future performance.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p>
<p>From the beginning of March 2019, Gold saw a sharp drop, and started to consolidate in a range between 1,275 and 1,346 USD without ever trying to take out the former highs again. </p><p>Into the end of March/at the beginning of the month of April the head-shoulder formation started to shape: in turquoise, we can see an initial sequence of falling highs and lows which were confirmed with a break below 1,275 USD. </p><p>The break of the neckline and attempt to break below 1,275 USD occurred on the April 16. </p><p><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/analytics/traders-blog/gold-head-shoulder-strategy”><img style=”width:auto;” class=”img-responsive” src=”https://fxmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/remote/0747e14aae396380b9e899443eead08c.png”></a></p><p><em>Source: Admiral Markets MT5 with MT5-SE Add-on Gold Daily chart (between January 23, 2018 to April 18, 2019). Accessed: April 18, 2019, at 15:30 GMT – Please note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, or future performance.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p>
<h2>How could a potential trading setup for Gold look like? </h2><p>One approach would be to wait for a re-test of the neckline, currently in the region around 1,290 USD. </p><p>Since the projected target on the downside can be found around 1,235 USD, this is where a potential buy limit would be set, resulting in a potential reward of 55 USD. </p><p>A potential stop loss level can be found at 1,310 USD, resulting in a potential risk of 20 USD and that said a potential risk-reward of the trade of 20 USD : 55 USD or 1 : 3.6: </p><p><a href=”https://admiralmarkets.com/analytics/traders-blog/gold-head-shoulder-strategy”><img style=”width:auto;” class=”img-responsive” src=”https://fxmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/remote/b1f76a5769b840e10c8b5d7cdbb85423.png”></a></p><p><em>Source: Admiral Markets MT5 with MT5-SE Add-on Gold Daily chart (between January 23, 2018 to April 18, 2019). 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