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Candlestick Patterns (Part II)

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by Ahmad Hassam

The Bearish Gravestone Doji: A Doji candlestick pattern is created when the opening and closing prices of the day are the same. Dojis appear very rarely in the candlestick patterns. It is very rare for the opening and closing prices for the day to exactly equal each other. However, if both the opening and the closing prices are sufficiently close, we say a Doji candlestick pattern has been formed. The Gravestone Doji, the most bearish of Doji, is formed when the opening and closing prices of the day are equal to the low of the day.

Some extremely useful single stick patterns rely heavily on their location on a chart. Not all single stick patterns are straightforward. Some single stick patterns that have been discussed earlier were most basic and easy to identify.

A variety of single stick patterns can provide some terrific trading opportunities if you can spot them in the right market environment. Making yourself familiar with these candlestick patterns and how to identify and trade based on them is another way that you can add a versatile weapon to your trading arsenal.

We have talked about Dojis. Dojis are often associated with the reversal of the trend and can serve as outstanding reversal indicators. If a Doji appears in an uptrend, it could very well indicate that the trend maybe changing to a downtrend soon especially if it is a Gravestone Doji. Similarly for a downtrend!

The Long Legged Doji: A long legged Doji like the name long legged implies features a small stick with very long wicks on either side. The small candle on a long legged Doji is normally located very close to the center of the candlestick.

A long legged Doji is considered a reversal signal when appearing in an uptrend or a downtrend. This Doji indicates that there was a lot of uncertainty in the market after a period of directional certainty. This change of conviction often results in the change of trend.

The Spinning Top: A spinning top is formed when a candlestick has a small body. It has wicks stick out on both ends. The body of the candlestick should appear to the center of the range of the days price action. The wicks should also be as wide as the candle section of the candlestick.

The spinning top is another candlestick pattern that depends on the market context. The spinning top also reveals a tight battle between the bulls and the bears like a Doji. An explosive move in one direction is possible when this happens. Eventually one side have to give in whenever, there is a close battle between the bulls and the bears.

However, like Dojis, the spinning tops are nice indicators that the trend is about to end and reverse itself. The spinning tops make frequent appearances. Dojis appear very rarely.

Belt Holds: There are two types of belt holds: bullish belt hold and bearish belt hold pattern. Bullish belt hold pattern features an open equal to the low and a close near the high which leaves a small wick near the top of the candle.

Bearish belt holds on the other hand opens on their highs and close near their lows, thus leaving a small wick near the bottom of the candle. Belt holds also depend on market context and are excellent trend reversal signals.

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