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Bulkowski on Pattern Pairs: Ascending Broadening Wedges

 

Initial release: 11/15/21.

The idea behind pattern pairs is to pick a chart pattern type (like broadening bottoms with upward breakouts) to buy and another to sell (like double tops). You buy the upward breakout from the broadening bottom, hold for a few years, and sell when a double top appears and breaks out downward. Along the way, you give price a chance to rise far enough to overcome those trades which are stopped out for a loss. This is a trend-following strategy.

Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Summary

Picture of the pattern pairs.

Before I continue, when I refer to a wedge in this article, I'm referring to an ascending broadening wedge.

The figure illustrates the idea for trading pattern pairs, where price is the red line and the boxes are chart patterns. This articles assumes you buy either an upward breakout from an ascending broadening wedge (ABW) or a busted wedge (price breaks out downward, drops no more than 10%, reverses, and closes above the top of the wedge). Buy as price rises above the top of the wedge.

On the sale side, you can sell the first bearish chart pattern which comes along, or wait for your favorite bearish chart pattern to appear and sell then.

Here's a list of the top five performing sell signals, based on annualized gain (annualized because the hold time is often years, in parenthesis).

Buy a busted ascending broadening wedge and sell a...

The following list shows the expected performance of chart pattern pairs, ranked by their expectancy. Expectancy is a way of gauging winning and losing trades and how much money you might make trading a pattern pair. I put the expected profit per trade, per share, in parenthesis.

Trading using a busted chart pattern results in better performance than using non-busted patterns (at least for wedges as the buy signal).

To improve performance, try these tips.

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Entry and Exit Conditions

The databases I built over several decades doesn't identify every chart pattern. There may be plenty of double tops over the years, for example, that I didn't catalog on the way to the one I did catalog. So buying an upward breakout from a broadening bottom and selling at the double top I cataloged would be different than choosing to sell a different double top. However, the following analysis does give a real-world flavor for how well you might do trading chart patterns if you follow the pattern pair strategy.

Here's what I used in my analysis.

I used the following 43 chart patterns in the analysis, but some only applied if they were busted.

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Stops

I used a stop loss order set a penny below the bottom of the wedge. Price on the way down may have gapped below the stop price (for the sale price), so I used the lower of the stop price or the opening price on the day of sale).

For trailing stops, I removed the stop loss order and used a trailing stop set at 10%, 15%, 20%, or 25% below a peak, never lowering the stop value, but raising it if a higher peak came along during the trade.

In Table 1, I calculated the percentage net gain (the average of gains and losses) when using various trailing stop loss amounts (10%, 15%, 20%, and 25%) for all tested chart patterns according to the busted/non-busted buy/sell configuration. In parenthesis is the size of the average loss so I could detail how losses change with various stop loss orders.

For example, if I tested non-busted wedges and sold various non-busted patterns (broadening bottoms, broadening tops, head-and-shoulders tops, and so on), I made an average of 24% ("Stop Loss Only" column) after having a stop loss order in place. Losses averaged 19%. Replacing the stop loss with a 10% trailing stop cut the gain to 5% but also trimmed the average loss to 5%. Using a 25% trailing stop allowed me to keep more money, 15%, but losses climbed to 13%. If I didn't use any type of stop, the gain averaged 67% with losses averaging 32%.

The results show that:

Table 1: Various Trailing Stop Settings: Net Profit and (Average Loss)
Data 10%  15%  20%  25%  Stop Loss 
Only
 No Stop
Non-busted buys, non-busted sales 5% (-5%)  9% (-7%)  11% (-10%)  15% (-13%)  24% (-19%)  67% (-32%) 
Busted buys, non-busted sales 6% (-5%)  7% (-7%)  12% (-10%)  16% (-12%)  87% (-12%)  133% (-33%) 
Non-busted buys, busted sales 5% (-5%)  8% (-7%)  11% (-10%)  15% (-13%)  23% (-17%)  63% (-29%) 
Busted buys, busted sales 6%(-5%)  6% (-8%)  11% (-10%)  16% (-12%)  80% (-12%)  121% (-29%) 

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Busted Patterns

Trading using a busted chart pattern often results in better performance than using non-busted patterns (at least for wedges as the buy signal).

Table 2 shows what I found when comparing the performance of non-busted patterns (both buy and sell) with busted and non-busted chart patterns. In 22 or 31 contests (22 or 31 different chart pattern types, depending on which apply), I compared the three combinations of busted and non-busted buy and sell signals to non-busted buy and sell signals. The table below shows the percentage of time the busted combination beat the non-busted combination in the contests.

For example, I found that busted patterns won over half (59%) or 13 of 22 contests when trading using a busted pattern for the sale.

Table 2: Busted or Non-Busted Contest Winners
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted patternN/A (benchmark)59%
Buy busted pattern87%68%

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Non-busted Buy, Non-Busted Sale

Picture of a busted pattern pair.

Table 3 shows statistics I collected for wedges using the trading rules described above and shown in the figure. A stop loss order was used and priced a penny below the bottom of the wedge (after buying).

For example, if you were to buy the upward breakout from a wedge and hold it until you encountered a broadening bottom (the first chart pattern listed in the table), but one with a downward breakout, you'd net an average of 25% on the 119 (35 winners, 84 losers) trades. That's an average of 134% on your winners, 20% average loss on your losers, and holding onto the position an average of 2.6 years. You'd find that only 29% of the trades made money but you'd gain an average of 10% per year (ranking 44th where 1 is best). If you removed the stop loss order and just held on until the broadening bottom with a downward breakout appeared, you'd make an average of 63% per trade.

The expectancy averages $1.35 per share per trade which ranks 56th where 1 is the best value.

Notes: All of the above numbers appear in the table except for the average hold time. The rank is based on the net gain for all four performance tables (tables 3 to 6) shown below.

Table 3: Statistics for wedges
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Broadening bottom134%-20%25%10%4463%35/8429%$1.3556
Broadening top106%-18%18%8%5857%52/12430%$2.8035
Broadening formation, right-angled and ascending78%-21%3%1%8025%25/7924%-$0.7777
Broadening formation, right-angled and descending151%-19%27%13%3453%23/6327%-$0.4575
Broadening wedge, ascending125%-19%31%14%3367%29/5535%$2.5339
Broadening wedge, descending133%-20%30%11%4149%21/4333%$1.3257
Bump-and-run reversal top117%-18%29%15%2869%74/14035%$2.6637
Diamond bottom119%-24%7%4%7433%7/2522%-$2.1084
Diamond top188%-18%36%15%2866%20/5726%$3.0432
Adam & Adam double top233%-17%40%15%28134%106/35523%$4.1621
Adam & Eve double top212%-18%40%16%26101%55/16525%$5.896
Eve & Adam double top155%-17%25%9%5192%53/16025%$1.7454
Eve & Eve double top118%-19%22%9%5174%77/17730%$2.9933
Falling wedge52%-18%-3%-2%822%13/4722%$1.0263
Head-and-shoulders top127%-19%17%7%6279%196/59825%$1.0960
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Head-and-shoulders, complex top111%-21%15%7%6238%46/11928%$0.8664
Rectangle top108%-17%24%10%4455%43/8833%$3.2029
Rising wedge83%-17%17%7%6254%73/14334%$3.9524
Rounding top158%-18%19%7%6253%29/10721%$1.7753
Ascending scallop188%-21%54%27%1689%26/3741%$5.3610
Descending scallop110%-21%10%4%7435%85/28023%-$1.4681
Scallop, inverted and ascending157%-15%32%10%4468%10/2727%$2.9434
Scallop, descending and inverted101%-19%28%12%3744%98/15339%$2.4641
Triangle, ascending103%-19%19%7%6257%37/8331%$3.1130
Triangle, descending114%-21%10%4%7426%26/8823%-$0.6376
Triangle, symmetrical137%-20%23%10%4455%102/27327%$2.4342
Triple top145%-19%23%9%5172%156/45526%$2.6138
Rectangle bottom87%-23%-3%-2%8219%16/7318%-$2.0483
3 falling peaks164%-17%38%15%2870%239/54431%$2.0748
Roof70%-15%7%3%7845%8/2326%$1.4855
Roof, inverted81%-18%8%5%7257%13/3726%$0.2770
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Busted Buy, Non-Busted Sale

Picture of a busted pattern pair.

The figure shows the setup for this scenario. When price busts the bearish chart pattern (downward breakout from a wedge in a bull market), buy. Sell after a downward breakout from the target chart pattern.

Table 4 shows the performance of busted wedges for the entry and sales after downward breakouts from various bearish chart patterns. A stop loss order was used and priced a penny below the bottom of the wedge (after buying).

A busted wedge has a downward breakout but price drops no more than 10% before reversing and moving above the top of the wedge. Buy when price moves at least a penny above the top of the busted wedge. Sell after price drops at least a penny below the target chart pattern.

For example, buying a wedge with a busted downward breakout in a bull market (the entry price is really the higher of a penny above the top of the wedge or the opening price) and selling after the downward breakout from a broadening bottom shows winners averaging gains of 126%. Losses average 11%, for a net of 30%. Because trades are often years long, annualized the net becomes 12%. Only 30 trades occurred with a win/loss ratio of 30%. This scenario ranks the annualized net gain as 37th among the four tables. If you traded this as a buy-and-hold position, meaning no stops were used, the net gain climbed to 92%. Expectancy was $5.43 per share, ranking 8th where 1 is best.

Trades with sample counts below 30 are not ranked.

Table 4: Statistics for Busted Buys, Normal Sales
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Broadening bottom126%-11%30%12%3792%9/2130%$5.438
Broadening top300%-13%79%33%12117%22/5329%$3.0931
Broadening formation, right-angled and ascending187%-11%55%22%1859%10/2033%$7.253
Broadening formation, right-angled and descending62%-11%9%47%4/1029%
Broadening wedge, ascending351%-12%175%73%3209%17/1652%$4.8314
Broadening wedge, descending312%-11%76%91%7/1927%
Bump-and-run reversal top211%-12%88%37%10133%39/4845%$4.6518
Diamond bottom365%-14%20%23%1/109%
Diamond top88%-11%13%7%6264%11/3424%$2.1246
Adam & Adam double top461%-12%104%36%11219%40/12325%$6.854
Adam & Eve double top252%-12%37%20%23121%15/6619%$1.3158
Eve & Adam double top233%-12%48%22%18123%21/6425%$2.0049
Eve & Eve double top288%-12%64%21%21141%27/8025%$1.8652
Falling wedge46%-14%0%40%5/1624%
Head-and-shoulders top469%-12%125%50%7173%93/23428%$3.9425
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Head-and-shoulders, complex top106%-13%38%15%2851%25/3343%$2.7636
Rectangle top356%-12%64%28%14101%7/2721%-$0.7777
Rising wedge149%-12%49%21%2165%34/5638%$4.2220
Rounding top294%-15%42%17%2583%8/3618%$0.5866
Ascending scallop1230%-11%285%302%5/1624%
Descending scallop282%-11%100%40%9132%52/8538%$4.8215
Scallop, inverted and ascending88%-11%18%111%2/529%
Scallop, descending and inverted503%-13%114%65%4131%23/7025%-$0.3674
Triangle, ascending91%-12%21%10%4440%13/2733%$3.6427
Triangle, descending96%-12%13%6%6827%13/4224%$0.1771
Triangle, symmetrical124%-13%25%12%3754%41/10828%$1.9550
Triple top387%-12%101%41%8155%57/14528%$5.3511
Rectangle bottom832%-14%171%63%5177%7/2522%$1.0562
3 falling peaks461%-11%138%53%6177%87/18932%$5.2613
Roof533%-9%119%156%4/1324%
Roof, inverted155%-13%61%22%18112%15/1944%$8.642
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Non-busted Buy, Busted Sale

Picture of a busted pattern pair.

The figure shows an example of how this trade unfolds.

A bullish chart pattern appears and you buy at the breakout. Continue holding until your selected chart pattern appears. The chart pattern is bullish because it has an upward breakout but then things go wrong. Price reverses. Sell when the stock dips below the bottom of the chart pattern (meaning it busts the upward breakout).

Table 5 shows the performance statistics for this setup (buying a non-busted wedge and selling only after a busted chart pattern). A stop loss order was used and priced a penny below the bottom of the wedge (after buying).

For example, buying a wedge with an upward breakout in a bull market and selling a busted broadening bottom shows winning trades making an average of 125%. Losing trades lost 21%, giving a net of 28%. The annualized gain is 9%, giving the setup a rank of 51 (where 1 is best). If you traded this without a stop, the net gain climbed to 63%. Of the stocks I looked at, I found 36 trades with 33% of them winning. Expectancy was $3.89 per share, ranking 26th where 1 is best.

Trades with sample counts below 30 are not ranked.

Table 5: Statistics for Normal Buy, Busted Sale
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Broadening bottom125%-21%28%9%5163%12/2433%$3.8926
Broadening top107%-15%15%6%6865%25/7625%$4.3719
Broadening formation, right-angled and ascending191%-17%42%16%26110%10/2529%$6.525
Broadening formation, right-angled and descending40%-16%-2%-1%812%9/2924%-$1.3480
Broadening wedge, ascending72%-17%2%72%3/1121%
Broadening wedge, descending58%-20%7%20%9/1735%
Bump-and-run reversal bottom28%-14%-6%-3%844%6/2420%-$1.1479
Cup with handle36%-21%-2%5%7/1433%
Diamond bottom365%-22%107%155%7/1433%
Diamond top220%-18%37%11%4193%8/2723%$1.3059
Adam & Adam double bottom201%-16%23%9%5182%22/9818%$0.0372
Adam & Eve double bottom184%-19%25%9%5181%21/7522%$4.1621
Eve & Adam double bottom149%-15%17%8%5895%11/4520%-$1.9782
Eve & Eve double bottom174%-22%37%12%3756%15/3530%$4.0723
Falling wedge310%-16%58%23%1768%10/3423%$0.5767
Head-and-shoulders bottom102%-16%8%3%7848%27/10321%$2.5140
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Head-and-shoulders complex bottom117%-18%6%15%4/1917%
Rectangle top126%-15%10%5%7258%11/5018%$1.9251
Rising wedge189%-17%63%72%10/1638%
Round bottom24%-24%-9%39%3/730%
Rounding top169%-21%38%74%5/1131%
Ascending scallop51%-16%9%4%7453%18/3038%$3.2528
Descending scallop74%-18%8%34%8/2029%
Scallop, inverted and ascending158%-13%37%13%3470%23/5629%$5.527
Scallop, descending and inverted368%-12%71%30%1391%7/2522%$2.1246
Triangle, ascending121%-18%13%6%6848%12/4322%$1.0761
Triangle, descending121%-18%15%8%5869%11/3524%$0.5668
Triangle, symmetrical116%-18%13%6%6869%48/15923%$0.7265
Triple bottom147%-18%24%9%5158%49/14226%$0.4569
Rectangle bottom136%-23%37%43%11/1838%
3 rising valleys99%-16%23%8%5851%55/10734%$4.8116
Roof211%-16%98%151%5/550%
Roof, inverted204%-16%21%63%3/1517%
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Busted Buy, Busted Sale

Picture of a busted pattern pair.

Table 6 shows the last combination of trading statistics. It shows busted wedges as the entry signal and various busted chart patterns as the exit signal. Keep in mind that some trades were few. A stop loss order was used and priced a penny below the bottom of the wedge (after buying).

The associated figure shows the setup.

For example, buying a busted wedge and selling busted broadening top (second data line down) made 114% from the winners, lost 12% on the losers for a net gain of 24%. Annualized, it was 10%. The net gain placed the performance of this setup at 44, where 1 is best. Removing stops from the trades allowed them to make 70%. Only 42 trades were taken and 29% of them were winners. Expectancy was a gain of $2.22 per share, ranking 45th.

Trades with sample counts below 30 are not ranked.


Table 6: Statistics for Busted Buys and Sales
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Broadening bottom152%-11%32%36%4/1127%
Broadening top114%-12%24%10%4470%12/3029%$2.2245
Broadening formation, right-angled and ascending101%-13%-4%17%1/128%
Broadening formation, right-angled and descending73%-13%37%48%7/558%
Broadening wedge, ascending2%-13%-8%26%1/233%
Broadening wedge, descending45%-12%0%6%3/1220%
Bump-and-run reversal bottom30%-12%4%41%6/1038%
Cup with handle88%-14%-1%-7%1/713%
Diamond bottom83%-12%-2%77%1/910%
Diamond top202%-12%68%107%6/1038%
Adam & Adam double bottom385%-12%105%28%14182%18/4330%$10.971
Adam & Eve double bottom321%-14%72%20%23152%9/2626%$2.3644
Eve & Adam double bottom123%-10%27%84%7/1828%
Eve & Eve double bottom772%-12%162%177%6/2122%
Falling wedge124%-12%82%114%9/469%
Head-and-shoulders bottom204%-11%30%13%3471%14/6019%-$0.1073
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank
Head-and-shoulders complex bottomnone-11%-11%33%0/70%
Rectangle top248%-13%49%85%5/1624%
Rising wedge171%-11%70%88%4/544%
Round bottom431%none431%431%2/0None
Rounding top72%-8%32%37%2/250%
Ascending scallop87%-11%27%10%4447%12/1939%$5.399
Descending scallop224%-11%107%126%3/350%
Scallop, inverted and ascending322%-11%112%147%10/1737%
Scallop, descending and inverted53%-11%21%15%5/550%
Triangle, ascending40%-11%-1%20%4/1719%
Triangle, descending84%-12%11%68%5/1624%
Triangle, symmetrical688%-10%243%98%1261%28/4936%$5.2712
Triple bottom718%-12%200%77%2248%18/4429%$2.4043
Rectangle bottom134%-13%52%158%4/544%
3 rising valleys110%-11%31%11%4186%22/4135%$4.7917
Roof54%-6%9%102%1/325%
Roof, inverted178%-14%37%108%4/1118%
Sell PatternAverage
Win
Average
Loss
NetAnnualized
Net
RankNo Stop
Net
Win/Loss
Samples
Win
Loss
Average
Expectancy
Expectancy
Rank

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Trading Ascending Broadening Wedges: Performance Improvements

Here are a few ideas the data suggested which may improve performance of your pattern pairs trading.

Trend Start: Short, Medium, or Long

Find the trend start for your wedge. Often you can just look at a chart and see where the trend begins. If not, or you want to be sure, then the glossary describes how to find it.

Determine the length from the trend start to the pattern's start: short term (less than 3 months), medium term (3 to 6 months) or long term (more than 6 months).

Table 7 shows the results for the four combinations of busted/non-busted trades and the resulting performance.

Buying patterns with a medium or long-term (more than 3 months) duration from the trend start to the pattern's start results in better performance when buying non-busted wedges. The short term (0 to 3 months) does best when buying busted wedges. Avoid the medium term.

Table 7: Short (S) Medium (M) or Long (L) Trend Start and Performance
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted patternS11% M30% L36%S8% M30% L31%
Buy busted patternS153% M-8% L67%S158% M-9% L65%

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Moving Averages: 50- and 200-Day SMA

I checked two moving averages at buy time, 50- and 200-day simple moving averages (not as a crossover setup). I compared the breakout price to the value of the moving average. Table 8 shows the performance of buying or selling busted or non-busted patterns when the breakout price was above (A) or below (B) the 50-day simple moving average (SMA).

Notice that buying busted patterns outperformed buying non-busted ones (compare the two rows). If you're using a 50-day SMA, buy any (busted or non-busted) wedge with the breakout price above the moving average.

Table 8: Above (A) Below (B) 50-Day Simple Moving Average
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted patternA25% B-10%A23% B-9%
Buy busted patternA97% B15%A85% B35%

Table 9 shows the results of using a longer moving average, the 200-day. Traders often use this as a proxy for the long-term trend.

The conclusions are the same as the prior table. Buying busted patterns outperformed buying non-busted ones (compare the two rows). Trades work best if the breakout price is above the 200-day moving average.

Table 9: Above (A) Below (B) 200-Day Simple Moving Average
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted patternA25% B12%A23% B16%
Buy busted patternA101% B8%A88% B25%

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Selling First Bearish Chart Pattern

The prior discussion assumes you buy a wedge (busted or non-busted) but sell a chart pattern of your choosing, such as a downward breakout from a head-and-shoulders top (you wait for one to appear). What if you sold the first bearish chart pattern which comes along? How would you do?

Table 10 shows the results sorted by the type of patterns involved (busted or non-busted). For example, if you buy a non-busted wedge and sell the first non-busted chart pattern which comes along, you'd make 11% on average. Annualized, you'd make 27%. This compares to a 10% annualized gain if you sell a designated pattern (like you waited for a double top before selling, which may or may not be the first bearish chart pattern to come along).

In three of four cases (the exception: non-busted buys and sales), you'd do better to select a chart pattern to sell and not the first one which appears.

The bottom half of the table shows expectancy for the four combinations. If you sell the first pattern which appears, trading non-busted patterns perform best.

Table 10: Selling the First Bearish Pattern (Annualized)
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted pattern11% (27% v 10%)3% (6% v 9%)
Buy busted pattern11% (29% v 36%)0% (-1% v 30%)
Expectancy (Below)
 Sell Non-Busted PatternSell Busted Pattern
Buy non-busted pattern$2.65$-1.19
Buy busted pattern$1.81$0.07

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