Pullbacks and Throwbacks

Most often used in breakout strategies, pullbacks and throwbacks allow traders to confirm a breakout in a certain direction without sacrificing a good entry price to do so. The trade-off is that if a pullback or throwback does not occur and the breakout continues then the trader might miss out entirely.

A pullback occurs in a downtrend the price breaks through a support level and then retraces to that former support level (now resistance). A common trading strategy is to then enter short at or near that resistance level as many traders who missed out on the breakout now want to enter short.

A throwback is similar to a pullback but occurs in an uptrend after break of resistance.

Trading tip: the stronger a support or resistance level is (which usually correlates with higher timeframe charts) the more significant a breakout is. Very strong levels might have lots of stops behind then and produce a strong short squeeze or long squeeze situation. In those cases a pullback or throwback or is still possible but might take more time to develop. It is always best to wait for a sustained break of important levels to avoid false breakouts.

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    May 14, 2010 at 23:17Reply

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    June 17, 2010 at 09:07Reply

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  3. Lordsbe
    July 16, 2010 at 13:51Reply

    Thanx for the strategy lesson that analyses the above charts , never knew about false breakouts that it can be deceitful. iwill review more of your analysis.great work!

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    September 6, 2010 at 21:58Reply

    Excellent explain.

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    September 25, 2010 at 15:28Reply

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