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The 4 to 9 Bar Cycle: Capturing Trend Dynamics


This strategy focuses on identifying and leveraging the 4 to 9 bar cycle, which signifies consistent market direction before consolidation or a peak. Here's how it works:


1. Cycle Recognition:

  • Understanding the Cycle: Identify the 4 to 9 bar cycle, indicating a trend's momentum before a period of consolidation.

  • Pinpointing Opportunities: Use this cycle to find opportunities aligned with the prevailing market trend.

2. Monitoring Consecutive Closes: Momentum Clues

  • Defining Consecutive Closes: Watch for 3 to 4 bars (or more) closing above their open in an uptrend, or below their open in a downtrend.

  • Indicator of Momentum: Consecutive closes provide insight into the market's momentum, hinting at trend continuation.

3. Focusing on Continued Movement: Predicting Trend Trajectory

  • Predictive Insight: Consecutive closes forecast trend continuation rather than abrupt reversals.

  • Example: In an uptrend, consecutive bars closing above their open suggest ongoing bullish momentum.

4. Strategic Integration During Market Setbacks: Adaptive Tactics

  • Customized Strategy Application: Adapt strategies like Ops Up/Ops Down, Opposite Close, and Profit Target Setups to navigate market retractions or consolidation.

  • Consider Trend: Always consider the trend indicated by consecutive closes when employing these strategies.

5. Preparing for Market Behavior: Strategy and Expectation Setting

  • Strategic Synergy: Integrate insights from consecutive closing patterns with other OTS methodologies.

  • Entry Planning: Plan entries that align with the trend's direction, especially during market pullbacks, using this understanding.


By leveraging the insights provided by the 4 to 9 Bar Cycle strategy, traders can effectively predict trend dynamics and optimize their trading decisions accordingly, enhancing overall profitability and success in the market.

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