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Bullish Three Inside Up Pattern

How to identify a Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern

A Bullish Three Inside Up is a rare candlestick pattern that consists of three candles and more often appears in a downtrend. Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern
  • The first is a large bearish candle (Long Red Real Body).
  • The second is a smaller candle contained within the first candle.
  • The first two candles actually are forming a bullish Harami pattern.
  • The third is a bullish candle that closes above the closing price of a second candle.

Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern Reliability

The first two candles of a bullish Three Inside Up candlestick pattern are a bullish Harami pattern. The third bullish candle serves as a pattern confirmation and improves the pattern's reliability. The downtrend reversal reliability for a daily Harami pattern is 40%, while the Three Inside Up pattern reliability is 56%. For weekly patterns, the difference is even higher (Harami - 56%, Three Inside Up - 91%). On the other hand, an additional bullish day increases a trade entry price and decreases a potential gain while increasing the potential loss. For this reason the daily Gain/Loss Ratios are lower for the Three Inside Up pattern.

Daily Patterns Weekly Patterns
Frequency Very Low Above Average
Appears in downtrend 68% 79%
Reversal in downtrend 56% 91%
Reversal in downtrend when parent trend is up 99% 99%
Reversal in downtrend when parent trend is down 20% 67%
Continuation in uptrend 85% 62%
Continuation in uptrend when parent trend is up 92% 81%
Continuation in uptrend when parent trend is down 1% 4%
Avg. Gain/Loss Ratio in Downtrend 0.64 2.70
Avg. Gain/Loss Ratio in Uptrend 1.94 1.52

Bullish Three Inside Up Trading Tips and Techniques

A Three Inside Up pattern presents much more reliable and profitable signal, if the pattern following the candle provides a reversal confirmation. The next day opening price gap down can be considered as a confirmation. It significantly improves the reversal signal reliability as well as a Gail/Loss ratio. The pattern following candle closing price above the pattern closing price can be used as another highly reliable reversal confirmation signal.

Bullish Three Inside Up Examples

Example #1: Daily downtrend reversal signal.

The following price chart of Alliant Energy Corp. (LNT) shows a daily Bullish Three Inside Up candlestick pattern that was formed between November 30 and December 2, 2021. The following candle opened with a gap up and a closing price above the pattern's closing price.

LNT: Alliant Energy Corp.
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern


For the first bullish Three Inside Up pattern, a Candlestick/SAR technique generates the following trading signals:
December 3, 2021:
  • Buy on market open at $56.31.
  • Set stop-loss at $54.53 (the pattern low).
January 3, 2022:
  • Sell at $35.55.
  • Gain: 7.21% in 21 business days.

Example #2: Daily uptrend continuation signal.

DGX: Quest Diagnostics
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern


The Quest Diagnostics (DGX) chart above shows a rising daily price trend from November 11 to December 31, 2021. A daily Bullish Three Inside Up candlestick pattern was formed between November 30 and December 3, 2021. The pattern marked a short term price consolidation period, and it was a rising trend continuation signal.

The Candlestick/SAR technique generated the following trading signals:
December 3, 2021:
  • Buy on market open at $154.8.
  • Set stop-loss at $148.36 (the pattern low).
December 21, 2021:
  • Sell at $167.54.
  • Gain: 8.23% in 12 business days.

Example #3: Weekly downtrend reversal signal.

A weekly Bullish Three Inside Up candlestick pattern below was formed between September 18 and October 9, 2020 on a Nordstrom (JWN) price chart. The pattern appeared at the end of a weekly downtrend as a reversal signal, and it marked a beginning of a new weekly rising trend.

JWN: Nordstrom
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern


The Candlestick/SAR technique generated the following trading signals:
October 12, 2020:
  • Buy on market open at $13.86.
  • Set stop-loss at $11.72 (the pattern low).
March 3, 2021:
  • Sell at $35.67.
  • Gain: 157.36% in 98 business days.

Example #4: Weekly uptrend continuation signal.

ETFC: E*Trade
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern
Bullish Three Inside Up Candlestick Pattern


The E*Trade (ETFC) chart above shows an example of a weekly Bullish Three Inside Up chart pattern continuation signal. The pattern was formed between April 11 and April 25, 2003 during a weekly uptrend that started on March 12, 2003. The pattern indicated a short term price consolidation period and presented a weekly uptrend continuation signal.



The Candlestick/SAR technique generated the following trading signals:
April 28, 2003:
  • Buy on market open at $50.5.
  • Set stop-loss at $41.5 (the pattern low).
August 1, 2003:
  • Sell at $90.46.
  • Gain: 79.13% in 67 business days.
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