Both bearish and bullish candlesticks can help you buy stocks and other financial instruments at the right time and with the right strategy. In technical analysis, would you be interested in learning more about bullish candlesticks?
In this article, we’ll go through the fundamentals of trading with these patterns and point you in the direction of further reading that may help you make more informed buying and selling determinations.
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Understanding a Candlestick Chart
For the purpose of following the price of a security over time, bullish candlestick charts can be helpful. They were first used in the Japanese rice trade hundreds of years ago and have since made their way into modern price charts. Some investors prefer them to more conventional bar charts because they are more visually pleasing, and the price actions are easier to interpret.
The name “candlestick” comes from the resemblance between the rectangular form and the lines at either end of a candle with wicks. A single candlestick typically depicts a single day’s worth of stock price information. With enough time, the candlesticks will cluster into patterns that traders can employ to their advantage.
How to Read a Single Candlestick
The four data points (opening price, closing price, high price, and low price) that make up a candlestick’s representation of a day’s stock price data indicate that day’s trading activity. Investors can see whether the beginning price or the closing price was more excellent by looking at the color of the central rectangle (called the real body) when the closing price for the time is lower than the opening price, as, in the case of a black or full candlestick, this is interpreted as a negative sign of increased selling pressure. While a white or hollow candlestick indicates an increase in value from the previous day’s close, a black or solid candlestick indicates a decrease. This means intense buying activity and is bullish. The high and low prices for the day are represented by the two lines that extend from each end of a candlestick; these are termed the shadows. The highest and lowest prices for the day are represented by the upper and lower shadows on a pricing chart.
Bullish Candlestick Patterns
Different configurations of the daily candlesticks, such as the “three white soldiers,” “black cloud cover,” “hammer,” “morning star,” or “abandoned infant,” become apparent over time. Stock price patterns that develop over one to four weeks can reveal helpful information about the direction of prices in the future. Before we dive into specific bullish candlestick patterns, remember these two guidelines:
- Downtrends can have bullish reversal patterns form inside them. Unless otherwise indicated, this pattern is not bullish but a continuation pattern.
- There should be positive confirmation for most reversal formations. That is to say, they need to be followed by a significant price increase, either in the form of a long hollow candlestick or a gap up, on the back of the heavy trading volume. Three days after the pattern, look for this verification.
Bullish reversal patterns can be further validated by using classic technical analysis tools like trend lines, momentum, oscillators, and volume indicators to confirm the presence of purchasing pressure. Numerous candlestick patterns signal an excellent time to buy. This article will examine the top five bullish candlestick patterns that can be used as a reversal indicator.
The Hammer or the Inverted Hammer
For stocks that have been in a downtrend, the appearance of a Hammer is a bullish reversal pattern. The short body and lengthy lower shadow of the candle indicate that selling pressure drove prices down throughout the trading session but that intense buying pressure led to a higher close. However, we need to confirm the rising trend by keeping a close eye on it for the next few days before we can join the bullish reversal movement. A surge in trading volume is another indicator that the trend has reversed.
Even in a downward trend, the Inverted Hammer can form, signaling a possible change in direction or support. It’s an identical pattern to the Hammer but with a long upper shadow, indicating purchasing pressure after the initial price and then significant selling pressure that wasn’t enough to push the price below the opening value. Again, bullish confirmation is needed; this time, a long hollow candlestick or a gap up on high trading volume will do.
The Bullish Engulfing
Two candles form the bullish reversal pattern called a Bullish Engulfing Candlestick. Regardless of the length of the tail shadows, the second candle “envelops” the first candle’s real body. The Bullish Engulfing pattern consists of a single black candle followed by a larger white hollow candle during a downtrend. The second day of the pattern begins with a price decline below the previous low. Still, following buying pressure pushes the price over the pattern’s previous high, culminating in a decisive triumph for buyers. When the price breaks above the high of the second engulfing candle, signaling a reversal of the downtrend, it is appropriate to initiate a long position.
The Piercing Line
The Piercing Line, like the engulfing pattern, is a two-candle bullish reversal pattern that appears during downtrends. A long black candle followed by a white candle opens lower than the previous close. Shortly after, the buying pressure causes the price to rise into the real body of the black candle, typically halfway or more.
The Morning Star
In the midst of a dark downward spiral, the Morning Star can serve as a beacon of hope and a fresh start. One little candle (a doji or spinning top) is sandwiched between a long black candle and a long white candle to form the pattern. The true body of the short candle can be either white or black, and there is no transition between its body and the black candle before it—signs of easing selling pressure from the day prior. When combined with the increased volume, the third white candle’s overlap with the black candle’s body indicates renewed buyer pressure and the beginning of a bullish reversal.
The Three White Soldiers
This formation typically appears after a downtrend or during a period of price consolidation. This pattern consists of three long white candles that close higher on each next trading day. Each candle opens more elevated than the one before it and closes near its daily high, indicating a continuous increase in buying pressure. Investors should be wary if a stock’s white candles look overly long since it could entice short sellers and lead to a further decline in the stock’s price.
Putting it All Together
Below is an Enbridge, Inc. (ENB) chart that demonstrates our three bullish reversal patterns: the Inverted Hammer, the Piercing Line, and the Hammer.
Investors should use candlestick charts in the same way as any other form of technical analysis (i.e., to study the psychology of market participants in the context of stock trading). They add depth to the research used to make trading decisions on top of the more basic fundamental analysis.
Five common candlestick chart patterns that reveal purchasing opportunities were analyzed. They can detect a shift in the mood of traders when, for example, the power of the buying public begins to outweigh that of the selling public or to decide when to buy or sell stocks. The possibility of substantial long-term gains is associated with reversing a downtrend. However, spotting a pattern is no assurance that the trend will change direction. Price behavior after a reversal signal is critical confirmation for investors.
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