Sanku (Three Gaps) Pattern

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Sanku (Three Gaps) Pattern'

The Japanese word for a candlestick pattern that consists of three individual gaps located within a well-defined trend. After the appearance of the third gap, the pattern is used to suggest an impending reversal in the direction of the current trend.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Sanku (Three Gaps) Pattern'

This pattern is used by traders to predict situations of exhaustion and change in a trend. Ultimately, the current trend is said to be reversed when the price of the asset fills the third gap. Technical traders should not rely solely on the three gaps pattern to predict a reversal; rather, they should combine this technique with other technical indicators.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Candlestick

    A chart that displays the high, low, opening and closing prices ...
  2. Gap

    A break between prices on a chart that occurs when the price ...
  3. Trend

    The general direction of a market or of the price of an asset. ...
  4. Reversal

    A change in the direction of a price trend. On a price chart, ...
  5. Pattern

    In technical analysis, the distinctive formation created by the ...
  6. Exhaustion

    Situation in which a majority of participants trading in the ...
Related Articles
  1. Charts & Patterns

    Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  2. Forex Education

    Candlestick Charting: Perfecting The Art

    Take a look at continuation patterns and how they can confirm or deny trends.
  3. Charts & Patterns

    Candlesticks Light The Way To Logical Trading

    Crowd psychology is the reason this technique works. Find out how to make it work for you.
  4. Charts & Patterns

    Heikin-Ashi: A Better Candlestick

    Enhance trend isolation and prediction of future prices with this technique.
  5. Charts & Patterns

    Advanced Candlestick Patterns

    Go beyond the basics! Learn to identify and trade island reversals, kicker patterns and more.
  6. Trading Strategies

    What does a double bottom tell a trader about the overall trend?

    Learn how a double bottom pattern forms on a price chart and why many traders consider double bottoms to be a sign of reversal in the price trend.
  7. Trading Strategies

    What are the main differences between a double top and a double bottom?

    Identify double tops and double bottoms, and learn what each could mean for the security's current price trend. Discover how other indicators verify movements.
  8. Technical Indicators

    What are common trading strategies used when identifying a double bottom

    Use simple, low-risk trading strategies to take advantage of a double bottom formation. Traders typically take one of these approaches to buying the market.
  9. Technical Indicators

    What is a common price target when identifying a double bottom?

    Learn how to identify a double bottom stock pattern and where to set a target selling price point to get the most out of your investment.
  10. Forex Strategies

    Are Doji patterns important when trading forex pairs?

    Find out why forex traders make heavy use of candlestick patterns such as the doji, which can be used as a signal of market indecision and coming breakout.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  2. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  3. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  4. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  5. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  6. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
Trading Center