Pullback off lows – The only pattern you need to know in downtrending markets


As we go through the charts of the daily indexes and individual names we see a lot of Pullback Off Lows (POL) patterns.

Much like in uptrending markets Pullback Off Highs (POH) patterns are the only pattern you need to know, in downtrending markets the opposite applies.  In downtrending markets POL's are the only pattern you need to know for shorting. Those POL's are also the what to watch out for if you are long. That all said below are the daily charts of the indexes. 


As you can see from a daily chart perspective each of the above has broken the Pink POL,Snapback rally, D wave, Bear channel call it what you will to the downside.  Does that automatically mean this is it? Meaning a retest of recent lows? No, at this point all it means is that its initially broken to the downside and its all about follow through from here.  We'll take it a step at a time as usual.

The Russell 2000 shown below tagged its neckline (resistance) of its head and shoulders top and one could say and rolled right back over.

This all said? So far so good.

Now let’s take a look at DECK.  What is the overall trend of this stock – up or down?  The answer is both.


Overall it’s locked in a downtrend as shown by the red lines.  But within those red lines, it has a series of mini-uptrends as shown by the green lines.  Those green lines are Pullback Off Lows patterns.  Notice how each time, it’s failed at the red line/50-day?

A short sell trade is triggered on a break to the downside below the green lines.

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4 thoughts on “Pullback off lows – The only pattern you need to know in downtrending markets

  1. Christina,

    Too many cooks spoil the broth as they say. We don't want to be pulled in too many directions and lose focus.
    Therefore we just focus upon the indexes and individual stocks. That alone is a pretty big universe.

    Hope this helps

  2. Hi 'All About Trends'
    What is the universe of your coverage - equities only or do you apply your methodology across all products - futures, forex, with the same periodical updates and recommendations?

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