The Rising Window

A rising window is usually found in bullish surges where the price is rising quickly. The pattern represents a “break in the market” where the price gaps upwards – often on a positive news release.

Identifying the Rising Window

A rising window happens when at least two neigbboring candlesticks become disjointed. When this happens in a rising chart, a gap appears between the high of the first and the low of the second bar.

Figure 1: Rising window
Figure 1: Rising window © forexop

The bars of the candlesticks can be either black or white. But more weight is normally given to formations where they are white or bullish.

These patterns are more commonplace when there is a session close between the two “gapping” candlesticks. For this reason they are more typically seen on the daily charts of exchange traded instruments such as stocks or futures and are less common in spot forex.

With a rising window, the market dynamics are very similar to the falling window except that sentiment is bullish at the time of the formation.

Rising windows can occur in any market but they are especially common when liquidity is low and the price is adjusting to new information.  For example, that can be after an important economic data report. When this happens, you’ll often have wide gaps between candlesticks.

When a significant rising window completes, the top of the first candlestick may develop into a support line.

Figure 2: Rising window example
Figure 2: Rising window example © forexop

Signal Strength

When a market closes overnight or over a weekend, it’s normal for there to be some deviation between the close price and the open price.

Volatility is still present even when a market is closed. This is normal “market closure volatility” and we have to allow for that when trading these patterns.

When trading a rising window, it’s the more convincing cases that we’re interested in.

Rising windows are not necessarily bullish signals. There are several features of these patterns that should always be examined beforehand so that the weaker cases can be ignored.

The points to examine are,

  • Is it forming as a continuation of an uptrend?
  • The overall size and prominence of the pattern
  • Existence of other flags
  • The likelihood of a “kickback”
Figure 3: An example of a weak pattern
Figure 3: An example of a weak pattern © forexop

The chart in Figure 3 shows a weaker case on USDJPY daily. In this example the rising window appears in a strong downtrend. The size of the two bars that make up the formation are relatively small and don’t suggest a convincing swing to bullish sentiment at this point. And the earlier bullish breakout, marked by the long bullish candlestick, appears not to be gaining any further momentum.

Moreover the breakout direction probability is nearly evenly split at 51/49%. These factors together mean that this case is too weak a signal to trade on.


Any rapid price move always has the potential for a pullback also known as a kickback. This is a “mean reversion” and it is a tendency for the price to deviate back to where it came from. This may happen, even if the trend does ultimately go in the expected direction.

Figure 4: Example of kickback in rising window
Figure 4: Example of kickback in rising window © forexop

Generally speaking, the bigger the price move, the higher is the chance of a retracement of some of that move.

Pullbacks create serious difficulties for short-term trading strategies because they will take the position into drawdown, even if just temporarily.

So when entering a trade we have to be aware of the potential for a pullback immediately after the entry point.

There are several ways to do this, although it has to be said none are foolproof. The simplest is just to wait for a pullback to develop and then enter the trade as the second wave starts to form. An example of this is shown in Figure 4.

But there’s always a downside to risk-averse trading, and that is the possibility of missing a really big breakout should it happen.

Spotting High-Profit Scenarios

Japanese candlestick patterns hardly ever appear in isolation. There are always many other clues in the chart and in other sources that we can check so as to better predict which way the market will go.

While we can’t ever be one hundred percent sure, there will always be good cases and bad cases.

Figure 5: Rising window high-chance case
Figure 5: Rising window high-chance case © forexop

The rising window in Figure 5 appears as part of a larger pattern, namely a bullish breakaway. Here an upwards trend is already establishing itself. Following on from the rising window we see a bullish hammer which rebounds off of a very strong long-term support line. This gives a further indication that sentiment is turning bullish.

The rising window doesn’t lead to a significant move in price here so we could potentially enter long just after the signal appears. Entering just after the bullish hammer would also be a good tactic here.


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  1. This one comes in a shock. I’ve been trading for 2 years and I never noticed these candles so close. Had I knew all these initially, I’d not have lost so much money trading. I’m going to keep my eyes on candles now.

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