In this article, I will discuss the PIN BAR Trading Strategy in Detail. Please read our previous article, discussing the Intraday Open High Open Low Trading Strategy in Detail. At the end of this article, you will understand the following detail points related to bullish pin bar and bearish pin bar trading strategies.

  1. What is a pin bar?
  2. Structure of pin bar
  3. The psychology behind pin bar
  4. How do we use the pin bar in our trading?
  5. One-day trading strategy based on the pin bar
Pin Bar Structure

Let’s understand a bearish pin bar. How was it formed?

Phase 1: After a strong extended up-trend has been in effect, the atmosphere is bullish.

Phase 2: The price opens and trades higher. The bulls are in control.

Phase 3: But before the end of the day, the bears step in and take the price back down to the lower end of the trading range, creating a small body for the day. The long upper wick represents that sellers had started coming in at these levels. A lower open or a red candle the next day reinforces the fact that selling is going on and sellers have now taken control.

PIN BAR Trading Strategy

So, basically, the pin bar is a reversal pattern. There are two types of pin: (1) bearish pin bar, explained above, and (2) bullish pin bar.

Pin Bar Structure

Criteria to Identify Pin Bars
  1. First, it Requires old support or resistance in the background.
  2. Price rallies above resistance only to fall back below. Price closes below resistance and on or near its lows. reverse for support.
  3. The “wick” (or tail) should be at least 2 – 3 times the length of the body.
  4. The body should be completely contained within the previous day’s range. The body is either red or black.
  5. The body should be present towards either the upper or lower extreme of the Pin Bar.
  6. The wick should stand out when compared to surrounding bars. The wick of the Pin Bar should be larger than the previous day’s trading range.
  7. The following day needs to be confirmed.
  8. The volume can be either low ( no demand above the resistance ) or high (supply overcoming the demand above resistance ), reverse for support.

Criteria to Identify Pin Bars


A pin bar does not always signal a reversal, so you’ll need to know how to tell when a pin bar has failed and how to react accordingly. The significance of the pin bar trading strategy depends on (1)location, where it appears in the trend, and (2) the length of the wick If the Pin Bar wick is more than 4 times larger than the average trading range of the preceding bars. Then, it will most likely become a (1)continuation pattern, or (2) the wick will be tested again for reversal. 

When presented with a massive Pin Bar, my advice is to stay on the sidelines and wait for a better opportunity to present itself, as you have to risk too much capital in hopes of being profitable. Let me explain this through an example.


PIN BAR Trading in Detail


Let me tell you very important information.

Smart Money only targets places with higher Volumes, and he collects them. Generally, the places (reference points) are 

  1. Support and resistance
  2. The area on consolidation/accumulations on yesterday’s high/low, weekly high/low, etc. 
  3. At the beginning of the day
  4. At the end of the day
  5. Daily High and low.
Why do they do it?

The main objectives are:

  1. To get volume
  2. Avoid Slippage due to  big order
  3. Smart money testing demand above old resistance before moving down or testing supply below support before moving up
How did they do?

They move the price above or below any reference point, hitting the stop losses of either buyers or sellers while Encouraging traders to commit to positions in the wrong direction. Smart money induces traders to take the wrong direction by using sharp and aggressive moves near the high or low of the day.

Let me explain when the price reverses from resistance. As the early price is marked up, 

  1. Premature short traders are liable to panic and cover with buy orders. (stop hunts) 
  2. However, those traders looking for breakouts will buy, but their stop-loss orders are usually triggered as the price moves back down. 
  3. All those traders who are not in the market may feel they are missing out and will feel pressured to start buying. 

Let’s understand through an example.


PIN BAR Strategy

What happens next? Does price move down words? After trapping breakout long trader 

PIN BAR Strategy in Detail

Pin bars act as support and resistance. 

The low of the bullish act as support, and the high of the bearish pin bar act as resistance

Pin bar act as support and resistance 

Pin Bar and Market Context

To be able to trade Pin Bars effectively, you need to be able to gauge the direction of the Trend and trade with it. Here are some key principles for trading pin bar

Pin Bar Works Best in Trending Conditions.

Ideally, a Pin Bar should close in favor of the prevailing trend. For example, if the trend is up, then the Pin Bar should have a close higher than the open and should be a bullish Pin Bar. The opposite applies to a downtrend.

Pin Bar and market context Pin bar work best in trending conditions

A retracement to a prior resistance support area is a typically excellent trade.

A retracement to a prior resistance support area is a typically excellent trade.

A retracement to a prior resistance now- support area is a typically excellent trade


A choppy, range-bound market should not be traded.

Pin Bars in heavy traffic or choppy, range-bound markets should not be traded. The reason for this is that there is no clear trend, and there are too many areas of interest for the price to stall.

A choppy, range bound markets should not be traded A pin bar should immediately follow through.

If a  bullish pin bar fails to rally away from the danger point and the price hangs near the bullish pin bar low, then something is likely wrong.

A pin bar should immediately follow through

Opening Pin Bar Trading Strategy

Opening  Pin Bar Trading Strategy
  1. Price gap up above previous day’s high(PDH)
  2. Opening candle close above PDH. (bullish pin bar)
  3. If the low of the candle touches PDH and leaves a wick below, then there is a very high probability of trade.
  4. Entry above the high of the bullish pin bar candle
  5. Ensure that there is no resistance overhead like big support/resistance
  6. SL below PDH or below entry candle

Opening Pin Bar Trading Strategy

Stop loss placements


Stop-Loss Placements

The simplest and most likely method that you will profit from is to place your stop a certain distance beyond the high/low of the Pin Bar. 

What next

For better understanding, read the support and resistance article. As we explained above, the Pin bar best works from support and resistance level

The best way to learn about Pin Bars is to open up some charts and try and find some for yourself. Once you have found a selection of Pin Bars, try and figure out whether or not they are good or bad Pin Bars with respect to their form and the candles that precede them.

The Pin Bar trading strategy is a popular setup in technical analysis used by many traders to identify potential market reversals. The term “Pin Bar” is short for “Pinocchio Bar,” which is a candlestick pattern that indicates that the market has rejected a certain level of price. Here’s how you can identify and trade a Pin Bar:
Identification of a Pin Bar:
  • Long Tail (or Wick): The most important feature of a Pin Bar is its long tail or wick. This shows a rejection of prices at a certain level. The tail should be at least two-thirds the total length of the entire bar.
  • Small Body: The body of the Pin Bar should be relatively small and located at the opposite end of the tail. The color of the body is not as important as the size and position.
  • Position: Ideally, a bullish Pin Bar (one that indicates a potential upward movement) is found at the bottom of a downtrend or a support level. Conversely, a bearish Pin Bar (indicating a potential downward movement) is found at the top of an uptrend or a resistance level.

Pin Bar Trading Strategy:

For a Bullish Pin Bar:
  • Confirmation: Wait for the Pin Bar to close to confirm it is a valid signal. Some traders wait for the next candle to close above the body of the Pin Bar for additional confirmation.
  • Entry Point: You could place a buy order above the high of the Pin Bar, expecting the price to continue to rise.
  • Stop Loss: The stop loss can be placed below the tail of the Pin Bar. This limits the potential loss if the price does not move in the anticipated direction.
  • Take Profit: You could set a take profit level at a previous resistance area or use a risk-reward ratio (e.g., 1:2 or 1:3) to determine the take profit level.
For a Bearish Pin Bar:
  • Confirmation: Similar to the bullish Pin Bar, wait for the bar to close and, if you require additional confirmation, the next candle to close below the body of the Pin Bar.
  • Entry Point: You could place a sell order below the low of the Pin Bar, anticipating a downward price movement.
  • Stop Loss: The stop loss could be placed above the tail of the Pin Bar, which could limit potential losses if the price moves up instead.
  • Take Profit: Set a take profit level at a previous support area or determine it based on a risk-reward ratio.
Additional Considerations for Pin Bar Trading:
  • Volume: Some traders look for high volume on the Pin Bar as additional confirmation of market rejection.
  • Trend Context: Pin Bars can be more reliable when they are in line with the prevailing trend or when they are at significant levels of support or resistance.
  • Confluence: Combining Pin Bars with other technical analysis tools such as moving averages, Fibonacci levels, or RSI can increase the reliability of the signal.
  • Risk Management: It’s crucial to manage risk properly, never risking more than a small percentage of your trading account on a single trade.

The Pin Bar strategy, like any trading strategy, does not guarantee success and should be used with a thorough understanding of market conditions, along with sound risk management practices. It’s often recommended to backtest any strategy and gain experience through a demo account before trading with real money.

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