Last Updated on 21 September, 2020 by Samuelsson

Candlestick patterns have become very popular tools, and are used by many traders who seek profitable setups in the markets. One common candlestick pattern is the bearish meeting lines.

Bearish meeting lines is a bearish reversal pattern that forms in a positive trend, and signals that the current uptrend has come to an end. It consists of two candles, of which the first is a positive candle that’s followed by a positive gap, after which the market still closes near the close of the previous candle.  

In this guide to the bearish meeting lines, you will learn everything you need to know about the pattern. This includes its definition, meaning, and some trading strategies that are based on the pattern!

Let’s begin!

Bearish Meeting Lines Definition

Bearish Meeting Lines

Bearish Meeting Lines

For a candlestick pattern to be called a bearish meeting lines, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The first candle is positive and part of the current positive trend.
  2. The second candle gaps up, but covers the gap and closes very near the close of the previous candle.

The general interpretation of the bearish meeting lines is that it’s a bearish reversal pattern, which signals that a reversal of the trend is imminent!

Bearish Meeting Lines Meaning

All candlestick patterns have a unique story to tell about the market and the conditions in which they formed.  And as traders, we want to use these stories to gain a better understanding of the market and where it’s headed next.

Of course, it’s extremely hard or even impossible to know why a market performed a certain move. However, by analyzing and watching market data, we may soon note recurrent patterns that very well could hold an edge, and be turned into trading strategies.

So let’s see what a bearish meeting lines tells us about the current market state!

As the market comes from a bullish trend, most market participants are positive and believe in ascending prices. This causes buying pressure to be stronger than selling pressure, leading to advancing market prices. Now the market forms the first bullish candle of the bearish meeting lines.

The enthusiasm spills over to the next trading day, which causes the market to open with a significant positive gap. However, having gone up for some time already, more market participants are now turning bearish, and expect prices to start dropping. After all, the market has been advancing for quite some time, and a pullback would only seem natural!

With this shift in mindset, selling pressure now enters the market, and pushes it down to the close of the previous bar, covering the gap. The fact that the gap now was taken back quickly by sellers, becomes a signal that bears are likely to dominate the market from now on. As this dawns upon more traders, selling pressure increases even more, which gives birth to the new bearish trend.

Bearish Meeting Lines Example

Here follows an example of the bearish meeting lines pattern:

Bearish Meeting Lines Example

Bearish Meeting Lines Example

Bearish Meeting Lines Trading Strategies

Now that we have covered the meaning and definition of the bearish meeting lines, we wanted to show you what some practical trading strategies could look like.

Please remember that the trading strategies listed below must be applied to the right market and timeframe to work properly. While many new traders believe that most patterns and timeframes work universally on all markets and timeframes, that’s not the case at all. Most times you must fit your strategy to the market and timeframe you’re working with, to end on the winning side!

We really recommend that you have a look at backtesting to determine which markets and timeframe that work best with the bearish meeting lines!

Having said this, we will show you a couple of different trading strategies that are based on the bearish meeting lines. While these shouldn’t be traded right off, they provide great inspiration on how you could go about to build your own trading strategies.

Let’s start!

Trading strategy 1: Bearish Meeting Lines With Gap Condition

Since the gap of the bearish meeting lines is such a big part of the pattern, we should definitely consider paying closer attention to it. The size of the gap could hold valuable information regarding the state of the market, which could have a significant impact on the performance of the pattern.

Now, if the gap is big, it not only means that bulls managed to push the market higher, but also that bears were strong enough to cover a long distance. And since the bearish meeting lines pattern is a bearish signal, we may decide to take the latter more seriously.

Following the reasoning above, in this strategy example, we’ll require that the gap is bigger than the range of the preceding bar.

So, to go short we require that:

  1. There is a bearish meeting lines
  2. The gap is bigger than the range of the preceding candle.

Then we get out of the trade after 5 bars.

Bearish Meeting Lines Strategy

Bearish Meeting Lines Strategy

Trading Strategy 2: Bearish Meeting Lines With Volume Condition

Volume is something that many traders forget about but could improve your results quite a bit.

Generally, a candle is considered of more significance if it’s formed with high volume.

And in the case with the bearish meeting line, we want to put emphasis on the bearish candle. Thus, we’ll require that the bearish candle was formed with more volume than the bullish candle. In theory, this would make the pattern more trustworthy, since more transactions backed up the bearish move.

So, to go short, we require that:

  1. There is a bearish meeting lines
  2. The volume of the second bar is bigger than that of the previous bar.

Then we exit the trade after 5 bars.

Bearish Meeting Lines Strategy

Bearish Meeting Lines Strategy

Ending Words

In this article, we’ve had a closer look at the bearish meeting lines candlestick pattern and covered not only its meaning, but also a couple of trading strategies.

Before ending, we just wanted to stress the importance of using backtesting to find out what works and not before going live. Unfortunately, most concepts in technical analysis don’t work at all, which means that those who decide to trade them will end as losing traders.

If you want to learn more about becoming a profitable trader, we recommend that you take a closer look at any of the guides below:

Guide to swing trading

Guide to algorithmic trading

 How to build a trading strategy

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