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Death Cross Pattern
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Definition of the "death Cross" pattern:  A death cross occurs when the shorter-term 50-day moving average, MA(50), crosses below the longer term 200-day moving average, MA(200), on chart below. Not all death crosses signal a new bear market and some occured after the bottom was made.

Death Cross Chart Pattern
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WARNING: Not all death crosses signal a new bear market and some occurred after the bottom was made. Another problem with this sort of "system" is markets that are range bound can give many signals so you end up selling low and buying high over and over.

For example, the death cross system missed the 1987 bear market, went to cash near the lows but after the bottom in 1987, got back in at a higher level in mid 1988 then lost more ground to "buy and hold" through whip-saw action between 1990 and 1991.

Death Cross Chart Pattern
Typically, it is a bullish signal for stocks when the 50-DMA crosses above the 200-DMA.  Likewise, it is typically a bearish signal for sotkcs whe the 50-DMA crosses below the 200-DMA.

Also see "Golden Cross Pattern"

More on  chart patterns:

Order Technical Analysis of Stock TrendsThe Bible for technical analysis, Technical Analysis of Stock Trends,

by Robert Edwards and John Magee

Chapter 6 "Important Reversal Patterns" has many examples and details about the important "Head-and-shoulders" reversal pattern.

Chapter 7 "Important Reversal Patterns - Continued" starts out with the  "Head-and-Shoulders Bottom" reversal pattern.

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