The abandoned baby candlestick pattern is a three bar reversal pattern. It is similar to the morning and evening star formations and is a very reliable reversal signal when it occurs after a sharp rise or drop.
While it is very similar to the morning star and evening star,it has one key difference. The real bodies and shadows cannot overlap from bar 1 to 2 and 2 to 3. This makes this pattern very unique, rare, and reliable at the same time.
1. The first candlestick is in the direction of the primary trend.
2. The second candle is a doji which gaps in the direction of the primary trend, exhibiting no overlap with the real body or shadow of the previous candle.
3. The third candle is in the opposite direction of the first day and gaps in the opposite direction of the doji.
Despite having “baby” in its name, just as the concealing baby swallow formation, it has more in common with the island reversal pattern.
Typically, the body of the candle will be a narrow doji candle, but can also be any number of indecision candles, like the dragonfly, gravestone or others.
When you think of the psychology of a candlestick pattern, it is best to think about the “story” between the bulls and bears. This can really help your confidence in knowing when to take the trade and understanding the context behind the pattern.
For example, during rallies off the bottom of an extended downtrend, a abandoned baby bottom can be very rapid as short sellers will be forced to cover fast.
Conversely, during declines after extended uptrends, the abandoned baby top can be just as fast as many longs sell their positions, aiming to keep most of their profits.
To that point, the abandoned baby represents a crossroads, or “indecision” at the top or bottom of a trend reversal. Within the candle is usually a lot of activity between retail buyers and institutional sellers, or vice versa. The result is typically a large amount of volume.
That volume tells us that a lot of effort went into the candle, but with little result, signaling the reversal.
In the above candlestick charting example, notice how the abandoned baby top comes in after a strong uptrend. This leaves the bulls trapped at the top of the formation with very little time to exit their winning positions, especially if they were buying at the top.
To the right of this formation is the abandoned baby bottom.This is the exact opposite of the abandoned baby top and is often the sight of a sharp short squeeze.
Congratulations! You are now familiar with the structure and characteristics of the abandoned baby candlestick pattern. Now it is time to apply trading techniques to the strategy with real market examples.
Trading with the Abandoned Baby Candlestick Pattern
Bullish Example #1
We will now review a couple of chart examples, which show the price behavior after an abandoned baby candlestick pattern.
There is a clear downtrend, followed by an abandoned baby candlestick pattern, which is shown in the green rectangle.
After we identified the pattern, a strong uptrend emerges and BAC’s stock price increases a total of $0.25 per share. This may not sound like much of an increase, but Bank of America is
a Titanic of a stock.With larger cap stocks, what you are giving up in profits you don’t have to worry about in terms of risk.
Bullish Example #2
Let’s now review another example of this unique candlestick pattern.
In the chart above, we see a bearish trend followed by an abandoned baby reversal candle pattern. You can see the formation in the green rectangle. This time, the abandoned baby is a doji candle, which gives additional reliability to the pattern. The next candle opens with a gap from the abandoned baby, which confirms the pattern.
The followed bullish move is so strong, that even the next candle after the confirmed pattern opens with a bullish gap.
Bearish Abandoned Baby Example
The lesson wouldn’t be complete without seeing this pattern play out bearishly.
Before the Covid Crash of 2020, the QQQ etf produced a beautiful climactic abandoned baby pattern before crashing for the next 4 weeks.
As you can see, this topping pattern occurred at the very top of an extended bull run, signaling the reversal. Perhaps the astute trader could have foreseen the crash if he’d known about this pattern?
Trading the Abandoned Baby
The good thing about the abandoned baby candlestick pattern is that if you spot it on the chart, you can trade it right away!
It is not necessary to use additional trading indicators to confirm the signal, because the pattern is pretty reliable.This doesn’t mean that the pattern will work 100% of the time,so don’t go overboard!
Stop loss order
When you trade the pattern you should always protect your trade with a stop loss order. The proper location of your stop should be or below the middle candle of the formation, depending on the direction of your trade.
Also, feel free to put the stop as tight as possible.
You can always use a moving average or an oscillator to exit a trade. The other option is to rely on basic price action rules to close your profitable position.
In order to understand how this works, we’ll show you how to implement a few techniques when trading the pattern:
Money Management when trading the Abandoned Baby Pattern
The abandoned baby candlestick pattern is one of the most reliable patterns. As shown above, you can place tight stop loss orders when trading abandoned babies. This is because even a small contrary move will indicate that the pattern is false. In the trade above, our stop loss was 0.42% from our entry price. Therefore, if you were to invest $40,000 of your buying power, a false pattern will lead to a maximum loss of $168.
However, the trade was successful and lead to a profit of 1.1% which translates to $440.
Managing with Moving Averages
Let’s now review another abandoned baby trade. This time though, we will rely on an exponential moving average to exit our trade.
Above you see the 5-minute chart of JP Morgan Chase & Co. from Nov 3, 2015. I have placed a 30-period exponential moving average on the chart, which is the blue curved line.
The chart begins with a price decrease, marked with the red arrow. At the end of the price decrease, we see a candle gapping down. This should be a signal for us that a potential
abandoned baby candlestick pattern might occur on the chart.
The next candle gaps up and we confirm the pattern with its closing – we go long!Let’s say we have a bankroll of $25,000. Since we have a day trading account we have a maximum buying power of $100,000.
Since the bullish and the bearish abandoned baby candlestick patterns are considered very reliable, we will invest 20% of our buying power. So, we invest $20,000 in a long trade based
on an abandoned baby signal.
The abandoned baby is a three candle formation.
It resembles the evening and the morning star.
The doji candle needs to gap from the two candles which sandwich the pattern.
There should be no overlaps between the middle candle
and the two candles surrounding it.
The abandoned baby is one of the rarest candle patterns.
A stop loss order should always be used when trading the abandoned baby candlestick pattern.
Stop loss proper location is at the end of the lower
candlewick of the abandoned candle.
You can invest more than you usually invest in your deals when trading abandoned baby candle figures.
There are two basic reasons for this:
The abandoned baby is a pattern with a very high success rate.
The stop loss when trading abandoned baby figures is usually placed very tightly. In some cases, you will risk less than 0.5% of your investment.
Two methods for managing positions are:
Price Action Rules
Moving Averages (EMA in our example)