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Integrated Pitchfork Analysis: Basic to Intermediate Level

ISBN: 978-0-470-69434-3
456 pages
January 2009
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Integrated Pitchfork Analysis: Basic to Intermediate Level is an introductory text to the branch of Technical Analysis which uses the Andrews' pitchfork trading technique. Designed for traders with no experience of Pitchfork Analysis this book demonstrates how to analyse the markets and trade using pitchfork analysis, assisting the novice trader in achieving a consistent performance.

Written by experienced trader, Dr Mircea Dologa, founder of www.pitchforktrader.com, the book begins by introducing and discussing the basic theory of pitchfork trading, providing a description of the technique, how to analyse the charts and how to make a decision based on that analysis. It then moves on to the more practical aspects about the low risk high-probability trade from its inception to its termination. Crucially expert guidance on money management and risk management techniques - when to get in, when to get out and where to locate the initial or trailing stops is also provided.

Ultimately Integrated Pitchfork Analysis: Basic to Intermediate Level will teach you how to trade, how to follow the markets and how to consistently make money.


  “Dr. Mircea Dologa picks up where Dr. Alan Andrews left off in his breakthrough studies of “pitchfork” pattern analysis.  In his new book, the author has taken the interpretation and application of “pitchfork” patterns to an entirely new level.  After studying Dr. Dologa’s well written and very well illustrated book I will never look at a chart the same way again. What Dr. Dologa has done with “pitchforks” is absolutely amazing. You’ve got to read it to believe it. Pitchforks patterns can provide so much practical and useful information that you will be referring to this book over and over.  The book ends on a high note with an excellent chapter on Case Studies and Money Management.  Traders will want to keep this powerful book handy for frequent reference.  Highly recommended.”

Chuck LeBeau, Director of Quantitative Analysis for SmartStops.net and co-author of Computer Analysis of the Futures Market, noted trader, lecturer and trading systems developer.


“Dr. Mircea Dologa’s book, Integrated Pitchfork Analysis, combines the breadth of evolving theory with the depth of experience acquired from years of practical application, leaving almost no stone unturned in an exploration of the Pitchfork and its application to profitable short-term trading. Many of Dr. Dologa’s ideas are truly innovative, reflecting his understanding of human nature. It would be difficult to find a more complete coverage of Pitchfork trading. It is a mine of (literally) valuable information.”

Tony Plummer, Director, Helmsman Economics Ltd.


“It has indeed been a privilege for me to have access to Dr Mircea Dologa’s amazing analysis which I consider to be an extremely important contribution to Technical Analysis.  His development of Integrated Pitchfork Analysis in synergy with existing state of-the-art trading tools resulting in an easy to use professional edge technique, has not been previously utilized. This undoubtedly increases the improvement of trading accuracy, leading to enhanced confidence with greater profitability for both trading and investing.   This book is truly a remarkable achievement in the field of Technical Analysis and Dr. Dologa, like myself, is motivated to educate traders and investors on the wonderful world of Technical Analysis and how it can help them in these volatile markets. I believe Dr. Dologa will join the true Market Masters of the 21st Century.”

Dawn Bolton-Smith, Founder-Member of the Australian Technical Analysis Association, Senior Technical Analyst, Educator & Writer.


"Dr.Mircea Dologa has masterfully defined and delineated the Median Line procedure that is central to Pitchfork Analysis and trading. His basic and intermediate theory and practice is a definitive work in this important realm of technical market analysis."

Professor Oliver Henry Pruden, Professor of Business Administration and Executive Director of the Institute for technical Market Analysis, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, USA.

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Table of Contents



About the Author.

Figures and Tables.


1. The Birth of Pivots and the Pitchfork.

1.1 Defining the Market Context and its Limits.

1.2 Pivots: Definition, Characteristics and Function.

1.3 Constructing the Pitchfork.

1.4 Creating Pivots: Case Studies.

1.5 Key Learning Points.

2. Choice of Pivot.

2.1 Optimal Pivots.

2.2 Kinematic Study of the Pivot.

2.3 Kinematics of the Pitchfork Embedding the Global Market.

2.4 Pivot Choices: Case Studies.

2.5 Penultimate Pivots of an Ending Correction: Case Studies.

2.6 Key Learning Points.

3. The Magnetic Power of Median Lines.

3.1 Magnetic and Symmetrical Axis Power.

3.2 Triple Action Potential.

3.3 Zooming and Piercing.

3.4 Testing and Retesting.

3.5 Failures.

3.6 Median Line-related Market Strength or Weakness: Double Six Parameter Rules.

3.7 Other Functions of the Median Line.

3.8 Using the Median Line: Case Studies.

3.9 Key Learning Points.

4. The Mini-Median Line.

4.1 Definition, Characteristics and Function.

4.2 Border Mini-Median Line.

4.3 Inside Mini-Median Line: Horizontal Orienation.

4.4 Inside Median Line: Oblique Orientation.

4.5 Reverse mini-median line.

4.6 Mini-median line with steep downsloping ML.

4.7 Mini-median line with a twin pivot ML.

4.8 Key Learning Points.

5. Warning Lines.

5.1 Definition, Characteristics and Function.

5.2 Warning Lines: Case Studies.

5.3 Key Learning Points.

6. Trigger Lines.

6.1 Signal Line Function.

6.2 The Hagopian Rule and Line.

6.3 The Trigger Line as a Border Line.

6.4 Variability of the Trigger Lines Quantifies the Trade Risk.

6.5 Trigger Lines: Case Studies.

6.6 Key Learning Points.

7. Sliding Parallel Lines.

7.1 Definition.

7.2 Price Behaviour and Sliding Parallel Lines.

7.3 Parallelism Criteria of Sliding Parallel Lines.

7.4 Money Management.

7.5 Sliding Parallel Lines: Case Studies.

7.6 Key Learning Points.

8. Unorthodox Trend Lines.

8.1 Definition.

8.2 The Degree of the Slope.

8.3 Fan Lines.

8.4 Specific Trend Lines.

8.5 Degree of Strength.

8.6 Redrawing a Trend Line.

8.7 Confirming a Trend Line.

8.8 Confirming a Breakout.

8.9 Breakout Efficiency of a Trend Line.

8.10 Money Management and Trend Lines.

8.11 Unorthodox Trend Lines: Case Studies.

8.12 Key Learning Points.

9. Multiple Pitchfork Trading.

9.1 Definition.

9.2 Creating Multiple Pitchforks.

9.3 Kinematics of Multiple Pitchforks as Integrated Patterns.

9.4 Multiple Pitchfork Integration: Case Studies.

9.5 Key Learning Points.

10. Schiff Pitchforks and Affiliates.

10.1 Definition.

10.2 Constructing the Schiff Pitchfork.

10.3 The Efficiency of the Schiff Pitchfork: 1.

10.4 Efficiency of Schiff Pitchfork: 2.

10.5 The T- pitchfork.

10.6 The ‘hybrid’ pitchfork.

10.7 The Reverse Pitchfork: Building the Future.

10.8 Key Learning Points.

11. Action and Reaction Lines.

11.1 Definition and Historical Foundation.

11.2 Comprehension and Build-up.

11.3 Characteristics and Function.

11.4 Foundation and Development.

11.5 Constructing Traditional Action and Reaction Lines.

11.6 Constructing Gap A&R Lines: Image Mirroring Technique.

11.7 A&R Lines and the Price Translation Across the Market Slots.

11.8 Constructing Double A&R Lines: Criss-cross Pattern Technique.

11.9 Constructing Double A&R Lines : Symmetrical Pattern Technique.

11.10 Pre-close Breaking-Up/Down Trend Lines.

11.11 The Straight Pivot Alignment Pitchfork.

11.12 Key Learning Points.

12. The Gap Median Line.

12.1 Definition.

12.2 Building the Pitchfork with a Gap Median Line.

12.3 Multiple Gap Median Lines and Other Chart Patterns.

12.4 Key Learning Points.

13. Breakaway and Runaway Gaps.

13.1 Definition.

13.2 The Gap Context and the Systematized Visualisation Tool.

13.3 Gap Mechanisms: Foundation and Development.

13.4 Array of Tradable Gaps.

13.5 Trading the Island Reversal.

13.6 Gap Trading: Gap Median Line versus A&R Lines.

13.7 Key Learning Points.

14. Fibonacci Price Lines.

14.1 Definition and Brief Historical Basis.

14.2 Price Fibonacci Tools.

14.3 Fibonacci Price Ratio (Horizontal) Lines: Case Studies.

14.4 Dynamics of Integration: Pitchfork and Fibonacci Price Ratio (Horizontal) Lines.

14.5 Dynamics of Integration: Pitchfork and Fibonacci Price Ratio (Oblique) Lines.

14.6 Key Learning Points.

15. Confluences.

15.1 Definition and Function.

15.2 Double Line Intersection Confluences: Case Studies.

15.3 Multi-level Line Intersection Confluences: Case Studies.

15.4 Multi-zone Confluences with Multi-level Line Intersections: Case Studies.

15.5 Confluence vs Cluster.

15.6 Key Learning Points.

16. Mirror Bars.

16.1 Definition and Function.

16.2 Mirror Bars: Case Studies.

16.3 Mirror Bars and their Pitchfork Applicability: Case Studies.

16.4 Key Learning Points.

17. Energy-Building Rectangles.

17.1 Definition and Function.

17.2 Micro and Macro Aspects of Energy-building Rectangles: Case Studies.

17.3 Measuring Techniques and Energy-building Rectangles: Case Studies.

17.4 Mapping the Context and Local Market: Case Studies.

17.5 Key Learning Points.

18. The Pitchforks’ Journey Through Multiple Time Frames.

18.1 Definition and Function.

18.2 Multiple Time Frames and Fractal Geometry.

18.3 Multiple Time Frames and Photographs from Space: An Analogy.

18.4 Global Behaviour.

18.5 Monthly Time Frame.

18.6 Weekly Time Frame.

18.7 Daily Time Frame.

18.8 Operational Time Frame: the 60-minute Time Frame.

18.9 Multiple Time Frames and Pitchforks: Practical Aspects.

18.10 Key Learning Points.

19. Case Studies and Money Management.

19.1 Zoom and Retest Technique: After a German Dax Energy Building Rectangle.

19.2 Zoom-and-Test Technique: ES Energy-Building Rectangle and Trigger Line.

19.3 Zoom-and-Test (Entry) and Retest (Add-on) Technique.

19.4 Zoom-and-Test Technique: German Dax Median Line.

19.5 Breakout of the Narrow Range: German Dax Median Line.

19.6 Homework for the Reader: Spotting and Managing a Trade.


Appendix I: Historical Basis: Using the Concept of the Pitchfork as a Tool.

Appendix II: The 80:20 Percent Rule.

Appendix III: Bibliography and References.

Appendix IV: Contents of Volumes II and III (in preparation).



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Author Information

Dr Mircea Dologa, Paris, France is a multi-million dollar real estate owner and began his investment and trading career in the pharmaceutical and real estate industry. He is a Commodity Trading Advisor and contributes to international trading magazines. He has a B.S in theoretical physics and a doctorate in Medicine from the School of Medicine in Paris.  He has an MBA from HEC in Paris. After holding the position of general manager in the pharmaceutical industry, he left in 1992 to focus exclusively on his investments.
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