As of 04/19/2024
  Indus: 37,986 +211.02 +0.6%  
  Trans: 15,084 +136.79 +0.9%  
  Utils: 876 +15.31 +1.8%  
  Nasdaq: 15,282 -319.49 -2.0%  
  S&P 500: 4,967 -43.89 -0.9%  
YTD
 +0.8%  
-5.1%  
-0.7%  
 +1.8%  
 +4.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/12/2024  
  Up arrow39,800 or 37,150 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,200 or 15,000 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow885 or 850 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,700 or 15,800 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow5,250 or 5,025 by 05/01/2024
As of 04/19/2024
  Indus: 37,986 +211.02 +0.6%  
  Trans: 15,084 +136.79 +0.9%  
  Utils: 876 +15.31 +1.8%  
  Nasdaq: 15,282 -319.49 -2.0%  
  S&P 500: 4,967 -43.89 -0.9%  
YTD
 +0.8%  
-5.1%  
-0.7%  
 +1.8%  
 +4.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/12/2024  
  Up arrow39,800 or 37,150 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,200 or 15,000 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow885 or 850 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,700 or 15,800 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow5,250 or 5,025 by 05/01/2024

Bulkowski on the Head-and-Shoulders Chart Pattern

My book, Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns Second EditionEncyclopedia of Chart Patterns 2nd Edition book., discusses the head-and-shoulders chart pattern in detail including performance statistics. I show a picture of it on the right.

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Even if you do not follow chart patterns, you may be familiar with the head-and-shoulders top or bottom chart pattern. For head-and-shoulders tops, the pattern looks like the profile of a person from the shoulders upward. The bottom version has the profile flipped upside down. If you need more information on them, then click on the associated link.

Head-and-Shoulders: Symmetry

The three views of a head-and-shoulders top chart pattern, show for symmetry.

The large image to the right gives an idea of what a head-and-shoulders top pattern looks like. I conducted research on shoulder symmetry and found some interesting results.

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Head-and-shoulders top chart pattern shoulder line

Head-and-Shoulders: Peaks

 
Head-and-shoulders chart pattern measure rule

Head-and-Shoulders: Valleys

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Head-and-Shoulders: Necklines

Head-and-shoulders necklines

A neckline is a trendline that connects the two armpits of a head-and-shoulders pattern. I show the neckline in red in the picture to the right for head-and-shoulders tops and bottoms.

The findings for this are simple and they relate to neckline slope.

These results can help you pick which head-and-shoulders pattern to trade, given that everything else is the same. Choose the configuration that has the highest performance. Your selection may be a dud anyway because you are dealing with probabilities. However, information such as this gives you an edge over other traders. Sometimes that edge is all you need to slice your way to higher profits.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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