Candle Stick Chart

Candle Stick Chart

There are many candlestick patterns but only a few are actually worth knowing. Here are 10 candlestick patterns worth looking for. Remember that these patterns are only useful when you understand what is happening in each pattern.They must be combined with other forms of technical analysis to really be useful. For example, when you see one of these patterns on the daily chart, move down to the hourly chart. Does the hourly chart agree with your expectations on the daily chart? If so, then the odds of a reversal increase.The following patterns are divided into two parts: Bullish patterns and bearish patterns. These are reversal patterns that show up after a pullback (bullish patterns) or a rally (bearish patterns).



Bullish candlestick patterns

Ok, let's begin with the first one.
Engulfing

This is my all time favorite candlestick pattern. This pattern consists of two candles. The first day is a narrow range candle that closes down for the day. The sellers are still in control of the stock but because it is a narrow range candle and volatility is low, the sellers are not very aggressive. The second day is a wide range candle that engulfs the body of the first candle and closes near the top of the range. The buyers have overwhelmed the sellers demand is greater than supply. Buyers are ready to take control of this stock.

Hammer

As discussed on the previous page, the stock opened, then at some point the sellers took control of the stock and pushed it lower. By the end of the day, the buyers won and had enough strength to close the stock at the top of the range. Hammers can develop after a cluster of stop loss orders are hit. That's when professional traders come in to grab shares at a lower price.

Harami

When you see this pattern the first thing that comes to mind is that the momentum preceding it has stopped. On the first day you see a wide range candle that closes near the bottom of the range. The sellers are still in control of this stock. Then on the second day, there is only a narrow range candle that closes up for the day. Note: Do not confuse this pattern with the engulfing pattern. The candles are opposite.
Piercing

This is also a two-candle reversal pattern where on the first day you see a wide range candle that closes near the bottom of the range. The sellers are in control. On the second day you see a wide range candle that has to close at least halfway into the prior candle. Those that shorted the stock on first day are now sitting at a loss on the rally that happens on the second day. This can set up a powerful reversal.

Doji

The doji is probably the most popular candlestick pattern. The stock opens up and goes nowhere throughout the day and closes right at or near the opening price. Quite simply, it represents indecision and causes traders to question the current trend. This can often trigger reversals in the opposite direction. Learn more about how to trade a doji candlestick pattern.


Bearish candlestick patterns

You'll notice that all of these bearish patterns are the opposite of the bullish patterns. These patterns come after a rally and signify a possible reversal just like the bullish patterns.

Ok now it's your turn! I'll let you figure out what is happening in each of the patterns above to cause these to be considered bearish. Look at each candle and try to get into the minds of the traders involved in the candle.

Kickers

There is one more pattern worthy of mention. A kicker is sometimes referred to as the most powerful candlestick pattern of all.

You can see in the above graphic why this pattern is so explosive. Like most candle patterns there is a bullish and bearish version. In the bullish version, the stock is moving down and the last red candle closes at the bottom of the range.

Then, on the next day, the stock gaps open above the previous days high and close. This shock event forces short sellers to cover and brings in new traders on the long side.



This is reversed in the bearish version.

Should you wait for confirmation?

Most traders are taught to wait for confirmation with candlestick patterns. This means that they are supposed to wait until the following day to see if the stock reverses afterward. This is absolutely ridiculous.

I ain't waitin for no stinkin confirmation!

How's that for good grammar! Seriously, think about it for a second. If a stock pulls back to an area of demand (support) and I have a candlestick pattern that is telling me that buyers are taking control of the stock, then that is all the confirmation I need.

As a swing trader I have to get in before the crowd piles in, not when they get in! In other words, I want to be one of the traders that make up the pattern itself! That is the low risk, high odds play.

Just the way I like it.
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A doji occurs when the opening and closing price is the same (or close to it). Many traders think that this candlestick pattern is one of the best ones to trade. Heck, Steve Nison devotes a whole chapter to it!

The reality is that this pattern doesn't tell you a whole lot. At best, it only tells you that the previous momentum has stalled.

But you can make this pattern work for you. Here's how.

The first thing that you need to know is that a doji is only significant after an extended move to the upside (for a short setup) or an extended move to the downside (for a long setup). Also, the doji should be at a support or resistance area.

Here is an example:



This stock formed a doji after consecutive up days and moved right into a previous support area at $17.50. We know that a support area can become resistance once it is broken so this is a nice candidate for a short setup.

So far, so good.

But how can you tell if this stock is likely to reverse to the downside or just continue to the upside?

Move down to a lower time frame and see what is happening inside of that doji.

That is the only way to know.

You can't tell from looking at the daily chart what the heck is going to happen next! You have to move down to a lower time frame. I use the hourly or the 15 minute chart. Here is the hourly chart:

This stock has formed a diamond top reversal pattern and it has two tails that show that the sellers are getting aggressive at this price area.

In a scenario like this you could short this stock on the day of the doji (for an aggressive entry) or wait until the following day to see if it trades decisively under that reversal pattern. Either way, your stop would go above those tails.

This stock traded down 5% on the following day:


Of course it doesn't always work out this way. But, you can significantly improve your success rate trading a doji candlestick pattern by hunting for those hidden reversal patterns in the lower time frames.

Don't see a reversal pattern?

Then it may be wise to look for another stock to trade..
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