The Three-Line Strike, also known as the fooling three soldiers, is a four-line pattern that occurs during a defined trend. This pattern represents a resting period, but unlike most resting periods, the three-line strike occurs all in one day and it ends up looking like an extended three white soldiers pattern. The criteria required for the three-line strike pattern is pretty simple and is explained below.
Criteria for the Three-Line Strike
- The three white soldiers pattern appears as three white (or green) candles that are continuing the uptrend
- The fourth day opens higher, however it then pulls back to close below the open of the first white (or green) candle
As explained above, the three white soldiers that preclude the fourth day’s black (or red) candle indicate the trend is continuing. The fourth day opens in a manner that resembles the previous days; however, profit-taking sets in so that the fourth candle continues until the close is below the open of the first white (or green) candle. The black (or red) candle body completely negates the rise of the past three days. As a result, the short-term pullback sentiment is out of the way and the uptrend continues on from this point.
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