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Descending Channel on 4-Hour EUR/JPY Chart

February 24, 2013 (Last updated on March 7, 2013) by

An interesting trading opportunity is presented by the EUR/JPY chart. A well-formed descending channel finalizes the rising trend that lasts since mid-November. While the pattern’s edges are rather rough, the overall look of the channel suggests a high probability of success on a breakout. Since it is a continuation pattern, a bullish breakout should be a preferred trading signal.

The chart below shows the descending channel delimited using the yellow dashed line. The breakout entry levels are depicted with the cyan lines located at a distance of 10% of the channel’s height from the borders. The target levels are shown as the green lines at 100% of the channel’s height distance. The stop-loss can be set at breakout bar’s High/Low. If the breakout bar mostly traded outside the channel, a previous bar can be used instead.

EUR/JPY - Descending Channel on H4 as of 2013-02-24

You can download my MetaTrader 4 chart template for this EUR/JPY pattern. You can also use this channel script to draw similar patterns using your own custom percentage levels.

Update 2013-02-25 19:40 GMT: Unexpectedly, a low probability bearish breakout has occurred. The sell stop order was triggered at 121.59 40 minutes ago. Stop-loss was set to 123.99; take-profit — at 118.50. Take-profit level will slide down (increasing the required profit size) as the channel is descending.

Update 2013-03-07 15:35 GMT: 15 minutes ago, the trade has gotten stopped out at 123.99 level due to EUR/JPY rally. As I have said, I do not like short trades on descending channels. Should avoid them in future.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this descending channel on EUR/JPY chart, please feel free to post them via the form below.

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