Candlestick patterns are a form of technical analysis and charting used in the stock market, forex market and all other markets. And they can be used in all time frames, from those looking for long term investments to those who use swing trading or day trading, The power of candlesticks (also called Japanese candlestick charts) is that they excel at giving market turning points and when used properly can potentially decrease market risk exposure. You may have of some common candlestick chart patterns or candlestick terms like bullish engulfing pattern, doji pattern, dark cloud cover pattern,hammer pattern and shooting star pattern. This section discusses only a few of the scores of candlestick chart patterns. There are many important candlestick patterns and trading tactics not discussed in this basic introduction. The goal of this section is to illustrate how candlesticks (and especially Nison candlesticks) can open new and unique tools for technical analysis, but since this is an introduction this will not provide a trading methodology. For example, there are many times candlestick signals should be ignored. This is where experience with candlestick charts comes in.
What are Candlesticks?
Japanese candlestick chart analysis, so called because the candlestick lines resemble candles, have been refined by generations of use in the Far East. Candlestick charts are now used internationally by swing traders, day traders, investors and premier financial institutions.
Are easy to understand: Anyone, from the person new to technical analysis to the seasoned professional trader can easily harness the power of candlestick charts. This is because, as will be shown later, the same data required to draw a bar chart (high, low, open and close) is used for a candlestick chart.
Provide earlier indications of market turning points: candlestick charts can send out reversal signals in a few sessions, rather than the weeks often needed for a bar chart reversal signal. Thus, market turns with candlestick charts will frequently be in advance of traditional indicators. This will help you to enter and exit the market with better timing.
Furnish unique market insights: candlestick charts not only show the trend of the move, as does a bar chart, but, unlike bar charts, candlestick charts also show the force underpinning the move.
Enhance Western charting analysis: Any Western technical tool you now use can also be used on a candlestick chart. Candlestick charts, however, will give you timing and trading benefits not available with bar charts. This merging of Eastern and Western analysis will give you a jump on those who use only traditional Western charting techniques.
Can be used in all markets such as the stock market, forex market, or futures or commodity markets and can be a powerful trading tool for option trading.
Are used by those who do day trading, swing trading, active investing and for investing.