Sir William Wallace
I trade options and stocks, primarily $SPY options day trades. A lot of people helped me along the way and this blog serves to document what I've learned to help others make money in the stock market.

Home Depot ($HD) Cup and Handle Swing Progress And Analysis

So I’ve been trading $HD from basically the bottom of the handle based on an IBD alert. The cup and handle pattern has proven, to me at least, to be a reliable and easy to read pattern that is awesome for swinging. You really know where to put your stops and can expect a decent run from the pattern. The following criteria is based on Bulkowski’s The Pattern Site (

Here’s a description of the pattern:

Characteristic Discussion
Price trend Upward leading to the pattern. Price should rise by at least 30% leading to the cup.
Shape A rounded turn that looks like a cup with a handle on the right.
U-shaped cup The cup should be U-shaped, not V-shaped.
Handle The cup must have a handle on the right.
Cup duration From 7 to 65 weeks
Handle duration 1 week minimum but usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks.
Handle Forms in upper half of cup.
Cup Cup rims should be near the same price level.

So let’s analyze $HD in this regard.

  • Price trend: Check
  • Shape: check
  • U-shaped cup: check
  • Handle: check
  • Cup duration: 131 days check
  • Handle duration: 19 days, check
  • Handle: check
  • Cup: check

The cup is the one place where I do not see the rims of the cup being at the same price. Typically, the right side rim is lower, but within a close margin of, the left rim. IBD also agrees with this logic but Bulkowski wrote the book on patterns so I won’t argue with him either.

What I found most interesting after reading Bulkowski’s analysis on the pattern is the fact there are often cups within the cup. This is definitely true for $HD and there were a couple small but powerful breakouts that occurred inside the cup which presented good trading opportunities! They are highlighted below, see what you think.

As far as my progress, I am up over 80% on HD calls that I still have a few weeks left on. I’ll hold a few more days to wait on the breakout but if not I’ll roll these to longer expirations. My price target is 220.



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