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The Pocket Pivot Buy Point

This is the original home of the pocket pivot buy point, a buy point first observed, researched, then formalized by Dr. Chris Kacher when the sideways choppy markets of 2004-2005 were making base breakouts fail. But what does not kill you makes you stronger, and the pocket pivot concept was born. The pocket pivot concept is, in essence, a favorable early-entry buy point in a stock. Buying pocket pivots are to our advantage because they get us into a stock early often before it breaks out of its base. It also enables us to add to a position in a winning stock as such stocks often have multiple pocket pivot points as they move higher.

The basic premise of the Pocket Pivot:

  • Institutional Buying creates new-high base breakouts, but we also know that institutional buying occurs within consolidations and during uptrends.
  • This buying within consolidations and uptrends in most cases leaves price/volume "footprints".
  • The pocket pivot describes that "footprint," and provides a clear, buyable "pivot point," or "pocket pivot buy point."
  • Pocket pivots also provide a tool for buying leading stocks as they progress higher within uptrends, extended from a prior base or price consolidation.


Pocket pivots in years past such as MCP in 2010 worked well. MCP had a pair of pockets at the bottom of its base:


MCP's first pocket pivot occurred after a sharp correction so was premature to buy. But after MCP's base had a chance to round itself out, its second pocket pivot was buyable.

MCP went on to gain as much as +91.1% based on the closing price of its pocket pivot:



That said, today's markets (2013-2017) are far more unforgiving thus we have counseled members to buy on constructive weakness as opposed to strength. Such weakness is represented by a variety of price/volume patterns such as some of the examples we provide in this report: Six Ways to Boost Your Trading Profits.

Our weekly Focus List also provides numerous examples. Keyword search "Focus List" in the Reports Archives section of the website.