New Candlestick Patterns from Wider Spread Programs

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The first test pilot program for wider spreads focused on the small cap stocks started in October. This pilot program initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC to provide more liquidity for small cap stocks, was a huge success and became the standard for all small cap stocks this month.
Following the nearly identical path, the Wilshire 5000 stocks are now in a test pilot program that is very similar to the small cap stock pilot test program. Both are a FORWARD testing program using real time live market activity. This makes these test programs extremely reliable with a faster determination of whether or not the wider spreads help liquidity and short-term traders.
For Retail and Technical Traders these test programs offer more trading opportunities as the spreads are sufficiently wide enough to allow scalping for Day Traders, stronger runs for Swing Traders, and stronger Platform Formations for Position Traders.
However in order to take advantage of the wider spreads, Retail and Technical Traders need to learn the new Candlestick Patterns from Wider Spread Programs and Buy Entry Setups that now form. It has been over a decade since spreads were this wide on thousands of stocks with increased liquidity.

The wider spread program was initiated by the SEC after many giant and larger Buy Side Institutions requested a wider spread for small caps, and other stocks they intend to trade on a short-term basis. It will impact the Retail Trader anytime a major institution is actively trading millions of shares of stock for short-term profits Swing Trading, via their now larger number than ever before of trading floor Professional Traders.

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This is good news for all small lot Retail Traders as they can ride the coat tails of the Professional Traders, getting in ahead of the High Frequency Traders HFTs and other big momentum drivers.  Increasing short-term trading activity makes the Stock Market healthier and easier to trade. However, the new Candlestick Patterns from Wider Spread Programs are also changing price in subtle ways.
It is imperative to use all the Worden Indicators that are designed to reveal larger lot activity over smaller lot activity. These help confirm that the price action is indeed a giant to larger institution that is Swing Trading a huge amount of stock.
In addition, Options Traders will need to be cautious about their interpretation of the Put/Call ratio. These large lot traders use Puts as insurance policies when they are short-term trading a huge number of shares. The cost of the Option Put to them is a small price to pay for mitigating risk. They use Option Puts instead of stop losses.
The chart below is a fine example of a small cap stock with 11 million outstanding shares, that has benefited from increased liquidity and more active short-term trading.

chart example of a small cap stock with outstanding shares

The net result was a big gain for the short-term traders who have learned how to enter stock before a big High Frequency Trader HFT run.
A compression pattern signaled Retail and Technical Traders of the conclusion of the Platform Formation sideways pattern, allowing for an early entry as the stock breaks to the upside. Worden Indicators all confirm large lot activity preceding the setup. This allowed Retail Traders to be in the stock before the HFT action, riding up the nice solid gains for a day or two. 
Summary
This new Candlestick Pattern from Wider Spread Programs  provided a several point gain which is ideal for Swing Traders. Day Traders can also use this style of entry ahead of the HFT runs and gaps. Since HFTs are the primary drivers of price, it is necessary to know how and when to enter before the HFT run or gap.
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