A fakeout is a false breakout that occurs when the price moves outside of a chart pattern but then moves right back inside it. A fakeout is also known as a “false breakout” or a “failed break“.
If a support level is broken, that means that the overall price movement is downwards and traders are more likely to sell than buy.
Conversely, if a resistance level is broken, then the crowd believes that price is more likely to rise even higher and will tend to buy rather than sell.
What does in fact happen is that most breakouts FAIL.
Potential fakeouts are usually found at support and resistance levels created through trend lines, chart patterns, or previous daily highs or lows.
Fakeouts can lead to significant losses and is why stop losses should always be used to control risk.
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