Breakaway candlestick pattern: Full Guide

Candlestick patterns

Breakaway candlestick pattern
  • The breakaway candlestick pattern is a five bar reversal candlestick pattern.
  • It can be bullish or bearish.
  • The first candle must be a long candle.
  • The next three candles must be spinning tops. 
  • The second candle must also create a gap between the first and itself. 
  • The fifth candle must be a long candle closing within the body gap of the first two candles.

Statistics to prove if the Breakaway pattern really works

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How does the Break Away behave with a 2:1 target R/R ratio?

Success rate

From our research the Break Away pattern confirms 70.1% of the time on average overall all the 4120 markets we analysed. Historically, this patterns confirmed within 2.5 candles or got invalidated within 6.9 candles. If confirmed, it reached the 2:1 R/R target 37% of the time and it retested it's entry price level 96.5% of the time.
Not accounting for fees, it has an expected outcome of 0.109 $/$. It means for every $100 you risk on a trade with the Break Away pattern you make $10.9 on average.
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How to handle risk with the Break Away pattern?


We analysed 4120 markets for the last 59 years and we found 412 occurrences of the Break Away pattern.
On average markets printed 1 Break Away pattern every 37 869 candles.

For 2:1 R/R trades, the longest winning streak observed was 6 and the longest losing streak was 12. A trading strategy relying solely on this pattern is not advised. Anyway, make sure to use proper risk management.

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Keep in mind all these informations are for educational purposes only and are NOT financial advice.

The breakaway candlestick pattern is a five bar candlestick pattern that predicts an upcoming reversal of the trend in the market. It is a rare candlestick pattern and traders do not consider it a reliable pattern. The breakaway pattern is found in two variants, the bullish breakaway, and the bearish breakaway. 

The bullish breakaway candlestick pattern 

The bullish breakaway candlestick pattern appears during a downtrend in the market that predicts the upcoming bullish reversal of the market. 

Bullish breakaway pattern

How to identify the bullish breakaway candlestick pattern? 

A pattern needs to meet the following conditions to be a bullish breakaway candlestick pattern. 

  • The first candle must be a long black candle.
  • The next three candles must be spinning tops having short real bodies while the second and fourth candles must be black that confirms the pattern. 
  • The second candle must also create a gap between the first and itself
  • The fifth candle must be a long white candle closing within the body gap of the first two candles.

What does the bullish pattern tell traders? 

The appearance of the first long black candle indicates the presence of a downtrend in the market. The next three small bearish candles suggest that the bears are losing control and bearish price swing is losing strength. The appearance of the last candlestick shows that bulls have the power to push through prior bearish price gains. Hence, the traders hope that the bulls will maintain their power in the next trading session and the trend will eventually change from bearish to bullish. However, traders should wait for confirmation provided by the candlestick appearing in the next trading session.

The bearish breakaway candlestick pattern 

The bearish breakaway candlestick pattern appears during an uptrend that predicts the upcoming reversal of the trend in the market.

Bearish breakaway pattern

How to identify the bearish breakaway candlestick pattern? 

The bearish breakaway candlestick pattern has the following characteristics that can help to identify it.

  • The first candle must be a long white candle.
  • The next three candles are small spinning tops with short real bodies. The second candle opens higher creating a gap. The third candle maybe a black or white. 
  • The fifth candle must be a long black candle. 

What does the bearish pattern tell traders?

The appearance of the first white indicates the presence of the current bullish in the trend that is further confirmed by the upward gap between the first two candles. The next three candles are small bullish candles suggesting that the bulls are losing control of the market. The appearance of the fifth candle shows that the bears have taken control of the market. The fifth candle closes below the prior three candles, however, the gap between the first and second candles is not filled by the fifth candle. At this stage, traders hope that the bears will continue to dominate the market in the next trading session and hence, the current uptrend in the market will reverse to a bearish downtrend. However, the bearish breakaway pattern requires a confirmation provided by the candles appearing in the next few days. 

How does the Breakaway pattern look in real life?

The stock COG printed a bearish Break Away on 2009-05-01. It confirmed on 2009-05-13 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2009-05-14. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2009-05-29.
The stock LLY printed a bearish Break Away on 2009-11-09. It confirmed on 2010-02-08 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2010-02-15. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2010-08-09.
The stock MSFT printed a bearish Break Away on 2018-06-01. It confirmed on 2018-06-15 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2018-06-18. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2018-07-12.
The stock NWSA printed a bearish Break Away on 2017-06-23. It confirmed on 2017-07-06 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2017-07-10. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2017-07-19.
The stock OKE printed a bearish Break Away on 1997-07-28. It confirmed on 1997-08-13 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 1997-08-15. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 1997-10-29.
The cryptocurrency pair RDN/BTC printed a bearish Break Away on 2018-11-18 16:00:00. It confirmed on 2018-11-19 04:00:00 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2018-11-20 21:00:00. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock CINF printed a bearish Break Away on 2004-04-01. It confirmed on 2004-04-13 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2004-04-14. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock RMD printed a bearish Break Away on 1998-02-04. It confirmed on 1998-03-09 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 1998-03-12. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock DISCK printed a bullish Break Away on 2015-05-06. It confirmed on 2015-05-18 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2015-07-20. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2015-08-05.
The stock ZBH printed a bullish Break Away on 2010-03-08. It confirmed on 2010-04-01 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2010-04-06. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2010-05-20.
The stock FISV printed a bullish Break Away on 2005-03-15. It confirmed on 2005-03-29 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2008-10-08. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock CNP printed a bullish Break Away on 2008-03-12. It confirmed on 2008-03-25 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2008-03-26. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock HBI printed a bullish Break Away on 2008-03-06. It confirmed on 2008-03-20 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2008-03-28. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock HSIC printed a bullish Break Away on 2002-02-28. It confirmed on 2002-03-14 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2002-03-15. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock AVB printed a bearish Break Away on 2014-08-18. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2014-09-08 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock KEYS printed a bullish Break Away on 2015-03-25. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2015-04-17 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).

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