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Thomas Bulkowski’s successful investment activities allowed him to retire at age 36. He is an internationally known author and trader with 30+ years of stock market experience and widely regarded as a leading expert on chart patterns. He may be reached at

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Bulkowski's Scoring System

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Candles Chart
Small Patterns
Industrials (^DJI):
Transports (^DJT):
Utilities (^DJU):
Nasdaq (^IXIC):
S&P500 (^GSPC):
As of 05/22/2015
18,232 -53.72 -0.3%
8,482 -68.97 -0.8%
588 -1.09 -0.2%
5,089 -1.43 0.0%
2,126 -4.76 -0.2%
Tom's Targets    Overview: 05/14/2015
18,600 or 17,700 by 06/01/2015
9,000 or 8,200 by 06/01/2015
610 or 565 by 06/01/2015
5,200 or 4,825 by 06/01/2015
2,150 or 2,050 by 06/01/2015
Mutt Losers: None YTD

Written by and copyright © 2005-2014 by Thomas N. Bulkowski. All rights reserved.

The information presented here is based on results discussed in my book, Trading Classic Chart Patterns (pictured).

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Which chart patterns will outperform and which ones will be duds? This scoring system is a method for answering that question, and it is based on research using thousands of chart patterns. Various technical and fundamental factors are scored to create a final number. The number is called a score. Values above 0 often result in performance that vastly exceeds the result from chart patterns with scores below 0. As with any system, this method does not work every time, but over time, it does help to select chart patterns that will perform better than the median performance.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

  1. Broadening bottoms
  2. Broadening tops
  3. Diamond bottoms
  4. Diamond tops
  5. Double bottoms, Adam & Adam
  6. Double bottoms, Adam & Eve
  7. Double bottoms, Eve & Adam
  8. Double bottoms, Eve & Eve
  9. Double tops, Adam & Adam
  10. Double tops, Adam & Eve
  11. Double tops, Eve & Adam
  12. Double tops, Eve & Eve
  13. Head-and-shoulders bottoms
  14. Head-and-shoulders tops
  15. Rectangle bottoms
  16. Rectangle tops
  17. Scallops, ascending
  18. Scallops, descending
  19. Triangles, ascending
  20. Triangles, descending
  21. Triangles, symmetrical
  22. Triple bottoms
  23. Triple tops

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