Separating Lines Candlestick Pattern: Definition

Candlestick patterns

Separating lines candlestick pattern (bullish & bearish)

Traders have applied candlestick patterns in analyzing the movement of a market. One of such patterns is the separating lines candlestick pattern. The pattern comes up when there’s an uptrend in the market and when there’s also a pullback. 

The separating lines pattern is exhibited by a long black (or red) candle; but the following day opens back up to the same level as it opened the previous day. It has the same open and is the opposite color. This pattern is the exact reverse of the meeting lines candlestick pattern. In other Japanese circles, this is also known as “Furiwake” which means “dividing lines.”

  • The Separating Lines candlestick pattern is a 2-bar candlestick pattern.
  • The bullish separating lines is a red candle and then the price jumps up to create a green candle opening above the previous candle.
  • The bearish separating lines is a green candle and then the price jumps down to create a red candle opening below the previous candle.

Statistics to prove if the Separating Lines pattern really works

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

Success rate

From our research the Separating Lines pattern confirms 78.1% of the time on average overall all the 4120 markets we analysed. Historically, this patterns confirmed within 1.9 candles or got invalidated within 6.6 candles. If confirmed, it reached the 2:1 R/R target 31.7% of the time and it retested it's entry price level 98.6% of the time.
Not accounting for fees, it has an expected outcome of -0.049 $/$. It means for every $100 you risk on a trade with the Separating Lines pattern you lose $4.9 on average.
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How to handle risk with the Separating Lines pattern?

We analysed 4120 markets for the last 59 years and we found 65 462 occurrences of the Separating Lines pattern.
On average markets printed 1 Separating Lines pattern every 238 candles.

For 2:1 R/R trades, the longest winning streak observed was 24 and the longest losing streak was 172. 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.

What is Separating Lines pattern?

The Separating Lines candlestick pattern is a continuation pattern that forms when a bullish candle pattern is followed by a bearish candle pattern which opens at the start of the previous bar in a downtrend, or when a bullish bar follows a bearish candle which opens below the open of the previous candle in an uptrend. 

This is a two-candle continuation pattern that can either be bullish or bearish, depending on the previous trend direction. It happens when lines move in opposite directions.

Bullish Separating Lines

Bullish separating lines pattern is a two-candle bullish continuation candlestick pattern that comes up in the middle of a bullish trend. It indicates that the current bullish trend is about to continue after a temporary pullback.

The most common interpretation is that a bullish separating line shows that the current bullish trend will continue after a small pullback. The pattern is made up of two candles, with the first being bearish and the second bullish. It has these qualities:

  • The first candle is bearish
  • The second candle gaps above the body of the previous candle, or opens right at its open
  • The second candle closes higher than it opened
Separating lines candlestick pattern (bullish)

Bearish Separating Lines

The bearish separating line is known as a bearish continuation pattern. The first line is a white candle that comes up as a long line in a downtrend. The second line is made up of a black candle that comes up as a long line. Both bars will open at the same price, and then the prices are separating. For a bearish pattern to form,

  • The first candle has to be positive, and form in a negative trend
  • The second candle has to be negative, and open below the open of the previous candle
Separating lines candlestick pattern (bearish)

How to identify the Separating Lines pattern?


  • A day occurs when there’s an uptrend, and it is the opposite color of the current trend
  • The second day begins at the open of the previous day
  • The second day should open on its low for the day and then go higher

Pattern Psychology

During the uptrend a black or red body forms. This leads to some concern for the bulls, but the next day the prices gap back up to the open of the previous. When it happens, the bulls get confident that the trend still has movement so they jump back in and drive the prices higher. Confidence is renewed, and the trend continues.

Candlestick signals detect where money is flowing in and out of stocks. Being able to identify and understand the trader psychology that makes the candlestick signals offers a great advantage. It makes it possible for a trader to participate in stock investments that have an extremely high probability of moving in the right direction.

When traders learn how to utilize the candlestick signals correctly they’ll now have the knowledge to improve their trading techniques for those trading entities they want to trade. You do not have to rely on canned programs that sometimes work and sometimes don’t, and you do not have to buy or sell stock recommendations blindly based on a research recommendation of an analyst.

Learn more about candlestick patterns to see how it can greatly improve your profits! Primary candlestick patterns should be understood first (such as the hanging man and the doji patterns). Once you understand the major signals, move onto the secondary bar signals and then eventually the continuation pattern such as this upside tasuki gap pattern.

What does the Separating Lines tell traders?

Bullish Separating Lines

After an established uptrend, that sees the bulls dominating the market, the bears take control for a time. The price goes down significantly during the bears’ reign, but their time in power is short. On the second day, the price goes sharply upward, so that the day opens at the same place the previous day opened. Relishing their recovery of the market, the bulls drive the price significantly upward. The uptrend can be expected to go on.

Even though the signal starts with a major drop, the remainder is a steady upward climb. Between the close of the first day and the open of the second, the market completes one huge jump. The second jump occurs during the next day, forming a long white candle. With two great leaps, the bullish separating lines candlestick pattern shows that the trend already underway is expected to continue. It also relays the strength of the trend, proving that even after a setback, the bulls will come back with full force and take control. The longer the candles in the bullish separating line, the more reliable the pattern.

Although scarce, traders can depend on the bullish separating lines signal as a strong continuation pattern. But before making any trades based on the presence of the signal, check for confirmation by waiting for a white candle that will continue the uptrend. You can also look for a gap up or a higher close.

Bearish Separating Lines

The bears are in control, establishing a strong downtrend until the bulls take the wheel. Although the price significantly rises during the bulls’ time in control, this period of ascendance is soon curbed by the bears. They seize control again on the second day, which opens at the same price that the previous day opened. Then, under the influence of the bears, the price drops again. This downtrend should be expected to continue.

Even though this signal starts with a climbing price on day one, the descent echoes the downtrend that preceded the pattern. Between the close of the first day and the open of the second, there is a huge leap down in price. The second day has another downward leap. When you combine these two drops, it is easy to see why the downtrend is expected to go on. The strength of the bears is apparent, and a small setback won’t stand in their way. The longer the two candles are, the more reliable the bearish pattern is.

How to trade when you see the Separating Lines pattern?

A lot of traders believe that if they just read enough about different patterns, they’ll be able to trade profitably. However, they will realize with time that candlestick patterns aren’t enough on their own to take a trade. It’s important that you include other types of technical analysis to support your prediction of where prices are headed. Also, you’ll have to ensure that you apply the pattern to a market and timeframe where it makes sense.

Some things to consider include in your trading plan:

  • Volatility: It plays an important role in anything that moves, which includes all markets. Some patterns may only work well with high or low volatility.
  • Momentum: The momentum of a market will mostly have an important impact on the performance of many strategies.
  • Seasonality: In most markets you’ll discover that there are some types of bullish or bearish tendencies that can be found by analyzing the time such as day of week, part of the month, and time of day.

How does the Separating Lines pattern look in real life?

The stock LW printed a bearish Separating Lines on 2019-05-01. It confirmed on 2019-05-22 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2019-07-09. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2019-08-19.
The cryptocurrency pair DENT/BTC printed a bearish Separating Lines on 2019-01-20 12:00:00. It confirmed on 2019-01-21 09:00:00 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2019-01-21 10:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2019-01-24 08:00:00.
The cryptocurrency pair FTM/BTC printed a bearish Separating Lines on 2020-02-29 13:00:00. It confirmed on 2020-03-01 10:00:00 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2020-03-01 11:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2020-03-03 01:00:00.
The cryptocurrency pair EVX/BTC printed a bullish Separating Lines on 2019-09-12 15:00:00. It confirmed on 2019-09-13 12:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2019-09-13 13:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2019-09-24 19:00:00.
The cryptocurrency pair XZC/BTC printed a bullish Separating Lines on 2018-01-02 20:00:00. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2018-01-03 17:00:00 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock TFC printed a bullish Separating Lines on 2013-01-31. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2013-02-21 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).

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