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Consolidation and Breakout: The Two Key Movements in Price Action Trading

Price action trading mainly relies on consolidation, trend, and breakout. Reversal candle is another feature that traders keep an eye at. Typically, double top/bottom, morning star/evening star, and engulfing candle are considered the strongest reversal signal. However, even an inside bar may create an excellent bullish/bearish momentum if the price consolidates and makes a perfect breakout. In today’s lesson, we are going to demonstrate an example of this.


We are looking at an H4 chart. It shows that the price heads towards the North with extreme bullish momentum. A bearish inside bar followed by another bearish candle makes a reversal. The price after being bearish may have found its support. The buyers are to wait for the price to make a bullish breakout at the level of resistance. The sellers are to wait for consolidation and a bearish breakout at the level of support.

The price starts having a correction. If it keeps going towards the North further, it may get choppy. If it finds its resistance nearby, the sellers may find an opportunity to go short on the pair.

The chart produces a bearish engulfing candle. It means the price finds its resistance. If it makes an H1 breakout at the level of support, the sellers may want to trigger a short entry. Let us now have a look at the same chart with those two levels.

The equation gets much simpler with those two levels. Since this is an H4 chart, the sellers are to flip over to the H1 chart to get a breakout and trigger a short entry. The reversal candle looks strong enough to make the sellers keep an eye on the pair to take a short entry upon a breakout.

This is how the H1 chart looks. The price seems to have found two levels of support here. However, the H4 chart looks very bearish, which may keep driving the price to make a breakout at the level of red marked support.

Here comes the breakout. The candle closes well below the level of support. It has a long lower shadow, but it has a thick bearish body as well. The sellers may trigger a short entry right after the candle closes by setting stop loss above the resistance. Take profit may be set at the last swing low on the H4 chart. Let us proceed to the next chart to find out how the entry goes.

The price heads towards the South with good bearish momentum. It makes another bearish breakout at the last swing low as well. Concisely, the sellers grab some green pips from the entry.

If we concentrate on the first candle of the trend, we see that the candle is a bearish inside bar. An inside bar is considered the weakest reversal signal. However, it produces an excellent short signal here because of perfect consolidation and the breakout. The above example signifies the importance of consolidation and breakout in price action trading.


By Tareq Sikder

Tareq Sikder has been engaged with Forex trading as well as Forex writing since 2010. He mainly is a Technical Analyst and a Price Action Trader. He is an author of E-book, a Live Webinar Speaker. Expertise: Candlestick, Channel Trading, Fibonacci Trading.

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