Forex Price-Action Strategies

When A Breakout Occurs by More than One Candle

Price action traders’ main job is to watch the price action and find out the message out of it. The message comes from candles, various charts, momentum, as well as the attributes of breakouts. In this lesson, we are going to demonstrate an example of a breakout, which occurs with more than one candle. Let us find out whether a breakout with multiple candles gives us any message or not.


The price finds its support at the marked level and heads towards the North with good buying pressure. Price action traders start eyeing on the pair to go long on the pair. The first thing they would want is consolidation. Let us proceed to the next chart.

It seems that the price may have started having a pullback. The price is to come about 38% of the trend’s length to attract the buyers to watch for an upside breakout. Let us see what happens next.

The last candle seems to have covered a good distance. The buyers are going to be keen to get a bullish reversal candle on the chart now. If a reversal candle makes a breakout itself, it attracts traders more. Eventually, it pushes the price towards the trend’s direction at a good pace. Let us find out what happens here.

Here it comes. The bullish reversal candle is here. It is a ‘Track Rail,’ which is the second strongest reversal candle after the Engulfing candle. Traders are to wait for an important event. You know what that is, right?

‘The Breakout’!

The breakout occurs here by a Marubozu candle. Price action trader shall trigger a long entry right after the candle closes. Before triggering the entry, a trader must know where to set his Stop Loss and Take Profit. Stop Loss level is obvious here, which is below the support of the consolidation zone. Where the Take Profit level is to be set? Ideally, a 1:1 risk-reward ratio is the first target in any entry. However, there seems to be enough space for the price to travel. We may go for 1:2 risk-reward here. Does a trader go for a 1:3 risk-reward ratio or even more here? We get the answer later. Meanwhile, let us continue watching the drama.

The plan seems to be working amazingly well. The price heads towards the North with good buying momentum. 1:1 risk and reward ratio is easily achieved within the next candle. 1:2 risk-reward is achieved as well. Some may start splitting the hair for not setting the target with a 1:3 risk-reward ratio. Let us proceed.

The price has produced an Evening Star. This surely is not a good sign for the buyers. Those who set their Take Profit with a 1:3 risk-reward ratio must be in a pensive mood.

The price does not hit the Stop Loss, but there is no profit left for the buyers that are holding the positions. Targeting a 1:3 risk-reward ratio does not bring more pips. It rather makes them lose some pips that they could have earned.

Price Action breakout attributes suggest that if a breakout occurs with multiple candles, the trend often loses its impetus early. Thus, it is best to target 1:1 (in most cases), 1:2 (if there is enough space) risk-reward ratio when a breakout occurs by more than one candle.


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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