Three Black Crows

What are Three Black Crows Candlesticks?

They are bearish candlestick pattern with long real bodies and small or no wicks. They are  complex candlestick pattern made of three candlelines. On all the three days market opens at the high price of the day and closes at the low price of the day. They are bearish in nature and appear after the end of an up trend.

Crows are sometimes referred as mark of omen or something bad. So these three black candlesticks are referred as black crows, cautioning that it is bad for the market.


How Three Black Crows Candles are formed?

Three Black Crows typically appear at the beginning of a down trend. When the bullishisness has waned out and when there is clear indication of the beginning of a down trend, there is an increased supply of the stock.

As the market opens traders wants to sell that particular stock. Through out the day people keep selling the stock. So the market opens at almost high of the day and closes at almost low of the day. This creates a long black candle with small or no wicks.

On the second day the market opens at the middle or at the low of the previous day's price range. The price falls with increased supply. Traders keep selling through out the day and at the end of the day the market closes at the low of the day.

This frenzy selling continues on the third day also. So we will have three black candles stacked side by side with lower highs and lower lows.


Study the chart given below.

Three Black Crows of Candle Charting for Technical Analysis in Stock Trading


What is the significance of Three Black Crows Candlestick?

Three Black Crows is a complex candlestick pattern, which shows the weakness of the declining market. Just after the end of the bull phase it marks the beginning of a bear phase. Three Black candles with high volume are very significant.

They clearly indicate the increased supply of the stock. The sell off has continued consecutively for three days. When the supply is sustained for three days continuously, with three days of lower lows and lower highs it speaks for the internal weakness of the market. It may be the beginning of a long bearish phase.


Three Black Crows of Candle Charting for Technical Analysis in Stock Trading


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Three black candles can also be seen in middle of a down trend. This signifies increased momentum in the ongoing bear phase. The market continues to go down with may be a small rallies.


Three Black Crows of Candle Charting for Technical Analysis in Stock Trading


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Three Black Crows can also be seen at end of a down trend. If the black candlesticks are very extended and gaping, it may be an overbought market. This is the climax of the bear phase.  All the commons wants to get rid of the stock. They are all highly bearish. But if the fundamentals are good, this sell off is utilized by the smart money to accumulate the stock.

In the above chart the down fall came to an abrupt end, followed by white candles with increased volume.


What are Three Black Crows Advance Block Candlestick Pattern?

These also contain three black candlesticks which have successive lower lows and lower highs. But they also have successive shorter and shorter real bodies and may be longer and longer shadows. These shorter bodies and longer wicks indicate loss of momentum in underlying bearishness of the market.

Although these do not indicate bullishness, one should become cautious to protect their short position. If this pattern is followed by a bullish confirmation candle, one should cover his short position. If the fundamentals are strong or technically if you are expecting an uptrend, you can initiate a long position above the high of the confirmation candlestick, with low of the last two candles as the stop loss.


Three Black Crows - Advance Block Pattern of Candlestick Charting for Technical Analysis in Stock Trading


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Although the Advanced Block pattern of Three Black Crows Candlestick Pattern did stop the down fall, the prices hit the resistance at the neck line of Head and Shoulder pattern and continued to fall.


What are Three Black Crows Stalled (Deliberation) Candlestick Pattern?

This pattern also consists of three black candles. The third of the three black candles has a short real body which may be accompanied with longer shadows. This is an indecision candle which stalls the bearishness of the market and alerts us to take action to protect the short position.

The frenzy bearishness may be used by the smart money to buy at low levels to create long position. This increased demand stalls the price fall.

If this pattern is followed by a bullish confirmation candle, one should be on his toes to cover his short position and plan to go long above the high of the confirmation candlestick, with low of the last two candles as the stop loss.

If there is a gap between second and third candle and followed by a bullish confirmation candle, it completes the formation of morning star pattern which is a strong bullish pattern.


Three Black Crows - Stalled Pattern of Candle Charting for Technical Analysis in Stock Trading


Counter part of this Three Black Crows pattern in a candle chart is Three White Soldiers Candlestick Pattern.

Read about it by clicking on the link below.


Related Readings

There are many more complex candlestick patterns used in stock analysis. Some of them are listed below. You may click on the name of each pattern listed bearish to learn and understand more about them.

  • Dark-cloud cover
    Dark cloud cover is a bearish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the top of an up trend.
  • Piercing Pattern
    Piercing Pattern is a bullish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the bottom of a down trend.
  • Bullish Engulfing pattern
    Bullish Engulfing Pattern is a major bullish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the bottom of a down trend.
  • Bearish Engulfing pattern
    Bearish Engulfing Pattern is a major bearish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the top of an up trend.
  • Morning star
    Morning Star is a bullish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the bottom of a down trend.
  • Evening star
    Evening Star is a bearish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the top of an up trend.
  • Morning doji star
    Morning Doji Star is a bullish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the bottom of a down trend.
  • Evening doji star
    Evening Doji Star is a bearish reversal candlesticks pattern. They occur at the top of an up trend.
  • Three white soldiers
    Three White Soldiers is a candlesticks pattern formed by a group of three white candles, which shows the strength of the advancing market.
  • Harami
    Harami is a candlesticks pattern, which shows the indecision of the market. In Japanese language, it means, pregnant. It is made of two candles, one containing the other.
  • Gaps
    Gaps are continuation chart pattern, formed by an unfilled space between two trading session. Gaps are referred as Tasuki, meaning window in candlestick charting.
  • Island Formation
    Island Formation is a reversal chart pattern, formed by price action in a group of multiple time period, which is separated from rest of the price action by gaps. It is very reliable with 80% probability.
  • Abandoned Baby
    Abandoned Baby is a reversal chart pattern, formed by price action in a single time period, which is separated from rest of the price action by gaps. It is very reliable with 80% probability.


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