“The Gartley 222 is a very powerful, multi-dimensional pattern. It is called a Gartley 222 because it is found in H.M. Gartley’s book, Profits in the Stock Market, on page 222. I will simply refer to this pattern as the “Gartley.” The important features of the Gartley are the specific location of the various points: X,A,B,C and D. The X-A leg is the largest price move in the pattern. It is followed by a counter move of A to B. The first leg, A to B, sets up the potential AB=CD, which is crucial to the completion of the pattern and to the indication of the reversal zone. After a brief and smaller B to C retracement, the C to D leg is established. A precise calculation of the AB=CD will provide a significant potential reversal point. Ideal Gartley The ideal Gartley set-up will be defined by specific Fibonacci retracements. One of the most important numbers in the pattern is the completion of point D at the 0.786 of XA. Although the price action might exceed this number slightly, it should not exceed point X. The pattern is a nice set-up, especially with the convergence of an AB=CD.”
The Harmonic Trader Page 157
(Copyright Scott M. Carney 1998 HarmonicTrader Press)
The Gartley Pattern™, was outlined by H.M. Gartley in his book Profits in the Stock Market, published in 1935.
Although the pattern is named “The Gartley,” the book did not discuss specific Fibonacci retracements! It was not until “The Harmonic Trader” was released that the specific retracements of the B point at a .618 and the D point at a .786 were assigned to the pattern.
There are others who have assigned Fibonacci retracements to this framework. However, they use a variety of Fibonacci numbers at the B and D points. Despite these variations, the Fibonacci retracements that yield the most reliable reversals are the .618 at the B point and the .786 at the D point. Furthermore, the pattern should possess a distinct AB=CD pattern that converges in the same area as the 0.786 XA retracement and the BC projection (either 1.27 or 1.618).
The most critical aspect of the Gartley™ is the B point retracement, which must be at a 0.618 of the XA leg. Read more about the pattern at this link: The Great Gartley™ Controversy.
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