The Morning Star

Morning Star Pattern
The Morning Star Pattern

The morning star is a bullish, bottom reversal pattern that is the opposite of the evening star. It warns of weakness in a downtrend that could potentially lead to a trend reversal. Like the evening star, the morning star consists of three candlesticks with the middle candlestick forming a star. The first candlestick in the morning star pattern must be a dark candlestick with a relatively large real body. The second candlestick is the star, which has a short real body that is separated from the real body of the first candlestick. The gap between the real bodies of the two candlesticks distinguishes a star from a doji or a spinning top. The star does not need to form below the low of the first candlestick and can exist within the lower shadow of that candlestick. The star is the first indication of weakness as it indicates that the sellers were not able to drive the price close much lower than the close of the previous period. This weakness is confirmed by the third candlestick, which must be light in volor and must close well into the body of the first candlestick.

As with the evening star, the reliability of the morning star is enhanced if the third candlestick opens above the real body of the star leaving a gap between the real bodies of the star and the third candlestick, though, this does not occurs very often. Reliability is further enhanced by the extent to which the real body of the third candlestick pierces the real body of the first candlestick, especially if the third candlestick has little or no upper shadow. Reliability is also enhanced if the volume on the first candlestick is below average and the volume on the third candlestick is above average.


Star Patterns

Evening Doji Star
The Evening Doji Star

Star patterns are trend reversal patterns that consist of three candlesticks, with the middle candles stick forming the star. A star is a candlestick with a short real body, like a doji or a spinning top, that gaps away from the real body of the preceding candlestick. There are three basic star patterns: the morning star, which appears in a downtrend; and the evening star and the shooting star, which appear in an uptrend.

The morning star and the evening star have a doji or a spinning top as the second candle...

Hanging Man / Hammer

Hammer Pattern
Hammer Candlestick

The Hanging Man and Hammer candlestick patterns are related trend reversal patterns that may appear at the end of an uptend or downtrend respectively. This is a single candlestick pattern that with a short real body, little or no upper shadow and a long lower shadow that must be at least twice as long as length of the real body. The color of the candle is not import, only its location in the current trend.

The Hammer pattern is called a takuri in Japanese, which means testing the water for its depth. This is the bullish version of the pattern. A bearish ...



Engulfing Pattern

Bullish Engulfing Pattern
Bullish Engulfing

The Engulfing pattern is a reversal candlestick pattern that can appear at the end of an uptrend or at the end of a downtrend. The first candlestick in this pattern is characterized by a small body and is followed by a larger candlestick whose body completely engulfs the previous candlestick's body.

The colors of the candlesticks that make up the engulfing pattern are important. When the engulfing pattern appears at the end an uptrend, it is a bearish reversal signal and indicates a weakness in the uptrend and ...

Tweezers Pattern

Tweezers Top
Tweezers Top

The Tweezers Top and Tweezers Bottom patterns are minor trend reversal patterns that consist of two candlesticks with the same approximate high or the same approximate low respectively. The two candlesticks should have alternating colors with the first confirming the current trend and the second indicating a weakness in the trend. The reliability of these patterns increase when the first candlestick is has a large real body while the second candlestick has a short real body.

In the Tweezers Top pattern, the first candlestick should be a bullish candlestick with a ...


Continuation Patterns

Continuation Patterns
Three Methods

Continuation patterns indicate that there is a greater probability of the continuation of a trend than a trend reversal.. These patterns are generally formed when the price action enters a consolidation phase during a pre-existing trend. During the consolidation phase, the trend appears to change; however, the continuation of the preceding trend is more probable.

Some of the common continuation patterns include the cup and handle pattern, flags and pennants, symmetrical triangles, ascending triangle and desc...


Reversal Patterns

Trend Reversal Patterns
Harami Pattern

Reversal patterns mark the turning point of an existing trend and are good indicators for taking profit or reversing your position. Generally, trend reversal patterns indicate that a support level in a downtrend or a resistance level in an uptrend will hold and that the pre-existing trend will start to reverse. These patterns allow you to enter early in the establishment of the new trend and are usually result in very profitable trades.

The common reversal patterns include the double tops and double bottoms, triple tops and triple bottoms, broadening tops and broadening bottoms, ...


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