Story in a chart: #39;Cup and Handle#39; pattern in Coal India suggests buying opportunity

Story in a chart: #39;Cup and Handle#39; pattern in Coal India suggests buying opportunity
April 06
00:28 2020

Shabbir Kayyumi

The Cup & Handle pattern is believed to be one of the most reliable and popular patterns among traders community.

In technical analysis, a Cup & Handle pattern describes a specific chart formation that projects a bearish-to-bullish trend reversal. A Cup & Handle reversal pattern forms after a downtrend, and its completion marks a trend reversal to uptrend.

In the standard Cup & Handle pattern, we connect the high after Cup with the high created after the handle. A trendline is drawn by connecting these highest points of the two peaks, which is called as ‘Neckline’. This trend line is the most important component of C & H pattern.

Why to buy Coal India?

C & H patterns are an integral part of technical analysis, but successful traders combine these techniques with technical indicators and other forms of technical analysis to maximize their odds of success.

Coal India is having a strong resistance line standing around Rs 142 levels indicating strong bullish breakout only above these levels. Recent formation of Cup and Handle pattern will give a breakout on a close above Rs 142 mark which suggests buying in the stock for higher targets of Rs 165. Volume can also add further insight while trading these patterns. Decent volume participation while giving breakout is also giving support to C & H pattern.

Figure 1. Cup & Handle pattern and Buy signal on Coal India

Buy signal:
> A close above neckline (Rs 142) of Cup & Handle pattern is indicating trend reversal to uptrend.
> Short-term moving average 20 DMA (Rs 138) defines short-term trend is providing support to buyers as prices are sustained and trading around it.
> Mid-term moving average 50 DMA (Rs 132) defines mid-term trend is very well augur with bulls as prices are sustained and trading above it.

> Decent volume participation while pattern breakout will also give additional confirmation.

Profit booking

Target as per Cup & Handle pattern is calculated by adding height of Cup to neckline which comes to Rs 165. However, one can book profits near previous swing high which is around Rs 162.

Stop loss

Entire bullish view negates on breaching of Handle on closing basis and one should exit from long position. In case of Coal India, it is placed around Rs 127 levels.


We recommend buying Coal India above Rs 142 with a stop loss of Rs 127 for higher targets of Rs 165 as indicated in above chart.

(The author is Head – Technical Research at Narnolia Financial Advisors Ltd.)

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