Kicking candlestick pattern: Full Guide

Candlestick patterns

Kicking candlestick pattern
  • The kicking candlestick pattern is a 2-bar reversal pattern.
  • It is made of two opposite side marubozus separated by a price gap.

Statistics to prove if the Kicking pattern really works

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

Success rate

From our research the Kicking pattern confirms 92.4% of the time on average overall all the 4120 markets we analysed. Historically, this patterns confirmed within 0.4 candles or got invalidated within 4.5 candles. If confirmed, it reached the 2:1 R/R target 29.4% of the time and it retested it's entry price level 99.7% of the time.
Not accounting for fees, it has an expected outcome of -0.117 $/$. It means for every $100 you risk on a trade with the Kicking pattern you lose $11.7 on average.
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How to handle risk with the Kicking pattern?


We analysed 4120 markets for the last 59 years and we found 1 517 occurrences of the Kicking pattern.
On average markets printed 1 Kicking pattern every 10 285 candles.

For 2:1 R/R trades, the longest winning streak observed was 5 and the longest losing streak was 17. 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 kicking candlestick pattern is a two-bar trading pattern that signals an upcoming reversal of the current trend in the market. It signals a sudden change in the market. The kicking candlestick pattern often appears after a surprise event or news announcement before or after market hours. The gap between the two candles of the kicking pattern sets the significance of the signal. The kicking pattern is one of the most popular trading patterns because it is among the strongest and most influential trading patterns that cannot be overlooked. However, the kicking candlestick pattern is a very rare pattern. Moreover, traders simply do not change their opinion about a stock so quickly and dramatically. 

There are two variants of the kicking pattern, bearish and bullish depending on the trend in which the kicking pattern appears. 

The bullish kicking candlestick pattern

How to identify the pattern? 

The bullish kicking candlestick pattern appears during a downtrend and it signals an upcoming bullish reversal of the current bearish trend in the market. It consists of two candlesticks. The first day’s candle is a black Marubozu and the second day’s candle is a white marubozu with an upward gap between them. These two Marubozu candles of the bullish kicking pattern are enough to successfully identify the pattern. However, it is important to note that both of the candles must be Marubozu candles without any shadows. 

What does it tell traders?

The bullish kicking pattern tells traders about an upcoming trend reversal. The formation of the first candle indicates the current downtrend in the market. But some major event occurs and moves prices high that causes the second candle to gap up. The price moves upward at a great pace with remarkable bullish enthusiasm. It is not only a sudden appearance of a bullish candle after a bearish candle, the strength of the transition is so significant that it causes a gap between the two candles. 

The bearish kicking candlestick pattern

How to identify the pattern? 

The bearish kicking candlestick pattern appears during an uptrend and it signals an upcoming bearish reversal of the current bullish trend in the market. It consists of two candlesticks. The first day’s candle is a white Marubozu and the second day’s candle is a black marubozu with a downward gap between them. The downtrend continues and prices finally close at the low of the trading session. The length of the candles is important as they define the extent of the reversal. The gap is important because larger gaps mean the more remarkable reversal. 

What does it tell traders?

The bearish kicking candlestick pattern tells traders about an upcoming downtrend. The formation of the first candle indicates the current bullish sentiment in the market. Greater the length of the candle, greater is the strength of the bulls in the market. The appearance of the second candle creates a gap low indicating the reversal of the uptrend to a downtrend. The occurrence of the second candle also signifies the happening of some major event that causes prices to dramatically fall. The prices now decline at a significant pace with remarkable bearish enthusiasm.

How does the Kicking pattern look in real life?

The stock TT printed a bearish Kicking on 2011-02-01. It confirmed on 2011-02-18 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2011-03-02. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2011-03-07.
The stock TT printed a bearish Kicking on 2011-11-07. It confirmed on 2012-01-23 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2012-04-02. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2012-06-04.
The stock EXPD printed a bullish Kicking on 1994-10-27. It confirmed on 1994-11-04 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 1994-11-21. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 1994-12-09.
The stock PGR printed a bullish Kicking on 1998-04-16. It confirmed on 1998-05-04 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 1998-05-05. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 1998-07-29.
The stock TT printed a bullish Kicking on 2010-02-08. It confirmed on 2010-03-18 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2010-03-26. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock TT printed a bullish Kicking on 2009-11-23. It confirmed on 2010-02-08 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2010-08-02. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock TT printed a bullish Kicking on 2009-12-07. It confirmed on 2010-02-08 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2010-08-02. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock TT printed a bearish Kicking on 2009-10-29. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2009-11-13 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock TT printed a bearish Kicking on 2011-05-23. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2011-06-08 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock TT printed a bearish Kicking on 2009-11-30. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2010-04-05 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock TT printed a bullish Kicking on 2011-10-11. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2011-10-27 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).

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