The Shooting Star

Shooting Star Pattern
The Shooting Star Pattern

The Shooting Star is similar to the Evening Star. It is a bearish top reversal pattern that may appear in an uptrend and warns of a possible trend reversal. Where the shooting star differs from the evening star is in the shape of the star, which, in the case of the shooting star, has a long upper shadow like a shooting star and no or very little lower shadow. In other words, the star in the shooting star pattern takes the form of an inverted hammer rather than a doji or a spinning top.

As with the evening star, the shooting star formation consists of three candlesticks, with the middle candlestick being the star. The first candlestick must be light in color and must have a relatively large real body. The second candlestick is the star with a short real body that gaps away from the real body of the first candlestick. The star may form within the upper shadow of the first candlestick. The star implies a weakness in the uptrend as the price rallied and then decline to close closer to the open price. However, the ascending gap between the first candlestick and the star also has a bullish implication. Thus, the third candlestick in the formation must confirm the pattern and must be a dark candlestick that closes well into the body of the first candlestick.

As with the evening star, the reliability of the shooting star is enhanced when the real body of the third candlestick gaps away from the real body of the star. The reliability of the pattern is also enhanced by the extent to which the real body of the third candlestick penetrates the real body of the first candlestick, and if the volume on the first candlestick is lower and the volume on the third candlestick is higher.


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...

Harami Pattern

Bullish Harami Pattern
Bullish Harami Pattern

'Harami' is an old Japanese word that means pregnant and describes this pattern quite well. The harami pattern consists of two candlesticks with the first candlestick being the mother that completely encloses the second, smaller candlestick. It is a reversal candlestick pattern that can appear in either an uptrend or a downtrend. When the second candlestick is a doji, the pattern is called a harami cross and is more significant than the normal harami pattern as the doji's lack of a real body indicates great indecision and uncertainty.

When the harami pattern is ...



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 ...

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 ...


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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