A Bullish Gartley Pattern recently completed on Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT on NYSE.) The XA leg of the Gartley pattern indicates the direction of the trend and the AB=CD symmetry indicates the completion of a correction against the trend. The intent is to identify the completion of the correction at the projected D point and then to open trading positions in the direction of the trend. The trade setup was complete on December 14th, 2012 when LMT traded at 89.38 at the 1.1 line. At this point we would be looking to buy one tick above the high of the most recent low bar.
On December 18th, our stop order to buy was hit and LMT quickly moved to hit our first two profit targets.
As seen above, the trade worked. Our favorite method of managing a trade like this is with the Single In/Scale Out method of money management as described in the book The Gartley Trading Method: New Techniques to Profit From the Market's Most Powerful Formation. To learn about this effective trade management technique, click here to watch an instructional video. To identify Gartley Patterns before they complete, check out our free introductory video course at at www.geometrictrading.com