Concealing Baby Swallow candlestick pattern

Candlestick patterns

Concealing Baby Swallow candlestick pattern
  • The concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern is a 4-bar bullish reversal pattern.
  • The first candle must be a Marubozu which appears during a trend. 
  • The second candle must also be a same color Marubozu. It opens within the body of the previous candle and closes out of the previous closing price.
  • The first two candles are without any upper or lower shadow.
  • The third candle must be a High Wave without a lower shadow. It opens out the previous closing price while its shadow enters the body of the previous candle. 
  • The fourth candle must engulf the body and shadow of the previous candle. 

Statistics to prove if the Concealing Baby Swallow pattern really works

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How does the Concealing Baby Swallow behave with a 2:1 target R/R ratio?

Success rate

From our research the Concealing Baby Swallow pattern confirms 22.9% of the time on average overall all the 4120 markets we analysed. Historically, this patterns confirmed within 4.6 candles or got invalidated within 4.5 candles. If confirmed, it reached the 2:1 R/R target 50% of the time and it retested it's entry price level 90.9% of the time.
Not accounting for fees, it has an expected outcome of 0.5 $/$. It means for every $100 you risk on a trade with the Concealing Baby Swallow pattern you make $50 on average.
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How to handle risk with the Concealing Baby Swallow pattern?


We analysed 4120 markets for the last 59 years and we found 48 occurrences of the Concealing Baby Swallow pattern.
On average markets printed 1 Concealing Baby Swallow pattern every 325 045 candles.

For 2:1 R/R trades, the longest winning streak observed was 3 and the longest losing streak was 2. 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 concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern is a bullish reversal pattern that appears during a downtrend. It consists of four candlesticks that give an early signal of downtrend’s deterioration. The logic behind this pattern is that bulls respond very quickly to the first two candles occurring during a downtrend. After the first two candles, the buying pressure increases, and prices reject to decline. It results in the formation of a long bullish candle that indicates an upcoming reversal of the trend. The concealing baby swallow is a very rare but reliable trading pattern. Although it is a bit tricky to identify the concealing baby swallow, it is a very important pattern that not only tell traders about trend reversal but also shed light on the overall behavior of the market. 

How to identify the concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern?

The concealing baby swallow pattern is a four-bar pattern that only occurs during a downtrend. A pattern needs to meet the following conditions to be a concealing baby swallow pattern.

What does the concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern tell traders? 

The concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern tells traders about an upcoming reversal of the trend in the market. The concealing baby swallow pattern gives early signals of bearish losing control and deterioration of the downtrend. The first two candles of the concealing baby swallow indicate the control of the bears in the market and the selling pressure.

However, the third day’s candle creates a downtrend gap. Although the third candle overlaps to some extent with the second candle but prices close at a new low. The third day also trades up into the trading range of the prior day. The volume remains very high during the third day.

The fourth candle opens higher again which raises concerns for the bears and the market participants got rid of their long positions. The fifth white candle after the appearance of the concealing baby swallow candlestick pattern provides confirmation.

The confirmation of the concealing baby swallow pattern allows traders to take a long position. Although the concealing baby swallow is a pattern with very high probability, it is always a prudent strategy to enter a trade with stop-loss. The traders should place stop-loss below the lower shadow of the fourth candlestick. It is important to note that traders should enter a trade only after the confirmation provided by the candle appearing on the fifth day.

The concealing baby swallow is one of the most reliable patterns but it is important to identify the pattern correctly and devise trading strategies only after the confirmation. 

How does the pattern look in real life?

The stock K printed a bullish Concealing Baby Swallow on 2017-12-12. It confirmed on 2017-12-20 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2018-01-11. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2018-02-05.
The cryptocurrency pair REN/BNB printed a bullish Concealing Baby Swallow on 2020-02-05 15:00:00. It confirmed on 2020-02-06 02:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2020-02-06 05:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2020-02-07 08:00:00.
The stock UDR printed a bullish Concealing Baby Swallow on 1999-04-27. It confirmed on 1999-05-04 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 1999-05-05. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The cryptocurrency pair KMD/BTC printed a bullish Concealing Baby Swallow on 2020-03-17 06:00:00. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2020-03-17 15:00:00 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock OKE printed a bullish Concealing Baby Swallow on 1991-06-25. Unfortunately it invalidated on 1991-07-09 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).

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