Strategy – Reversals with Bollinger Bands
Another simple, yet effective trading method is fading stocks when they begin printing outside of the bands. Now, let’s take that one step further and apply a little candlestick analysis to this strategy.
For example, instead of shorting a stock as it gaps up through its upper band limit, wait to see how that stock performs. If the stock gaps up and then closes near its low and is still completely outside of the bollinger bands, this is often a good indicator that the stock will correct on the near-term.
You can then take a short position with three target exit areas: (1) upper band, (2) middle band or (3) lower band. In the below chart example, the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3x Shares (TNA) from June 29, 2011, had a nice gap in the morning outside of the bands but closed 1 penny off the low.
As you can see in the chart, the candlestick looked terrible. The stock quickly rolled over and took an almost 2% dive in under 30 minutes.
Bollinger Band Reversal