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The Step candle pattern

One of the rules for my swing trading strategy (IRSTS) involves recognizing a candlestick pattern at pivot points. There are several reversal patterns that could occur at these turning points, but I have observed one pattern that I could not find in the literature on candlestick patterns. In this article, I will introduce you to this pattern.

The upstep pattern is one I found appearing frequently at turning points. The pattern consists of a white (green) candle after or at a pivot low point that opens inside or equal to the low side of the previous candle body, and closes above the upper side of the previous body. The first candle of this upstep pattern can be black (red) or white (green). There are four possible ways this pattern can appear (Figure 2): 1. A lowest low with a black (red) candle followed by a white (green) candle opening inside the body or equal to the closing of the black candle and closing above the opening of the black candle 2. A lowest low with a white (green) candle followed by a white (green) candle opening inside the body or equal to the opening of the previous white candle and closing above the close of the previous white candle 3. A lowest low with a white (green) candle that has an opening price inside the body or equal to the closing of the previous black candle and closing above the opening of the previous black candle...

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