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Cup and Handle Pattern Watchlist Methodology

Each day we search for stocks that are currently in a cup and handle pattern and place them on our cup and handle pattern watchlist. When they start to breakout, we alert you in real time so you can jump in at the optimum time.

The cup and handle pattern is one of the most profitable breakout patterns. For an analysis of how and why it forms, see our tutorial Anatomy of a Cup-with-Handle Chart Pattern. To determine if the stock is in this pattern we examine the closing prices of the stock over the last 18 months and measure the key price points shown in this diagram.

Cup and Handle Pattern

cup and handle pattern

To qualify as a cup-with-handle the key measurements must meet the following criteria:

Data Point
Definition
Criteria
Current Close Current closing price as of the date the watchlist is prepared. >=$6 and >= 95% of 200 day moving average
Pivot Highest intraday high that marks the beginning of the Handle. Must be within last 90 days
Pivot % off Left Cup Difference between the Left Cup and the Pivot, expressed as a percentage of the Left Cup. <= +5% and >= -40%
Left Cup Highest intraday high that marks the beginning of the correction. >= 25 days and <=325 days from the pivot
Cup length to Handle length Ratio The length of the cup relative to the length of the handle. >= 3
Prior Low Lowest intraday low prior to the Left Cup. Rise from Prior Low to Left Cup >=30%
Setup Gain % The rise from the prior low to the left cup measured as a percentage of the prior low >= 30%
Base Low Lowest intraday low within the Cup. None
Cup Depth Difference between the Left Cup and Base Low, expressed as a percentage of the Left Cup. <=60%
Handle Depth Difference between the Pivot and the Handle Low, expressed as a percentage of the Pivot. <= 30%
Midpoint of Base Price which marks half the distance between the Left Cup and the Base Low. None
Midpoint of Handle Price which marks half the distance between the Pivot and the Handle Low. >= Midpoint of Base
The stock must also meet these technical criteria to improve the chances of a successful breakout:
Current Close The price at which the stock closed today. >= $6
Average Volume The average daily volume over the last 50 days >=30,000

Relative Strength (RS)Rank

The stock’s weighted price appreciation over the prior year, as ranked against all other stocks in our database.

>=80

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