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MetaStock Platform Candlestick Compressions Ideal Entries

MetaStock Platform Candlestick Compressions Ideal Entries
December 7, 2018 Martha Stokes CMT

MetaStock Platform Candlestick Compressions Ideal Entries

Early Candlestick Identification Most Important

Platform Candlestick Compressions ideal entries are best for Swing and Momentum Traders, but identifying these compression patterns early is most important.

The chart example below is for studying a Relational Technical Analysis™ pattern. This stock was under Dark Pool Quiet Accumulation which tends to form platforms. Dark Pools create this sideways pattern with controlled bracketed orders that buy incrementally over time.

The goal of the Dark Pools is not to disturb price. As they conclude their buying for that period, High Frequency Traders find out and can push price up with momentum as occurred in this chart. Prior to that move up, the candlesticks compressed. These Platform Candlestick Compressions ideal entries are used by Swing and Momentum Traders.

A compression is a tight consolidation rather than a wider platform. It doesn’t matter where the compression forms, at the low or high of the platform range, it often precedes a decisive breakout and run or gap. Then the stock resumes its sideways pattern as Dark Pools start buying at the next level.

Platform Candlestick Compressions ideal entries form at or near the end of the platform, and are often missed by Retail Traders.

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Bollinger Bands® can be used to assist in the identification of the compression. These expanding and contracting bands provide excellent analysis for sideways patterns. Entries must be made prior to the breakout due to the rising energy that develops as price compresses.

One aspect of Bollinger Bands to remember is that the center line for a strong compression will be equal distance from the outer bands. In a strong compression, the center line on Bollinger Bands will move right through the center of the candlesticks. If the center line is below or above, then the pattern is not as strong or indicative.

Learning to identify compressions in platforms is a Spatial Pattern Recognition Skill™ that helps Swing and Momentum Traders trade Platform Market Conditions. Sideways markets occur 50-60% of the time and these are the Market Conditions that tend to have Retail Traders whipsawed out of trades constantly.

Platform Candlestick Compressions are ideal entries for buying into a stock before it runs or gaps with momentum.


Using different techniques and strategies during a sideways market can help Swing and Momentum Traders find more stocks to trade with much higher point gain potential.

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Martha Stokes CMT

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Martha Stokes, CMT is co-founder and CEO of TechniTrader. She is a retired professional Buy-Side Analyst and was awarded the Chartered Market Technician designation for her thesis, "Cycle Evolution Theory." Martha is a passionate teacher of the financial markets and a prolific writer, having created over 40 stock, option, and financial market courses.