Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Bearish Candlestick Patterns
Bearish Engulfing Pattern
As implied by its name, a bearish engulfing pattern may provide an indication of a future bearish trend. This type of pattern usually accompanies an uptrend in a security, possibly signaling a peak or slowdown in its advancement. However, whenever a trader analyzes any candlestick pattern, it's important for him or her, before making any decisions, to consider the prices of the days that precede and follow the formation of the pattern.
Occurring in an uptrend the Shooting Star formation is indicative of a bearish change of momentum. Shooting Stars show that traders have tested the highs and settle the day near the open and low price. This suggests the rally is unsustainable and sellers are retaking the market. Although this pattern is fairly weak, for those traders with existing longs in the market the Bearish Shooting Star serves as a signal for the deteriorating strength of their position.
Bearish HaramiA bearish harami may be formed from a combination of a large white or black candlestick and a smaller white or black candlestick. The smaller the second candlestick, the more likely the reversal. It is thought to be a strong sign that a trend is ending when a large white candle stick is followed by a small black candlestick.
Dark Cloud Cover
What Does Dark Cloud Cover Mean?In candlestick charting, a pattern where a black candlestick follows a long white candlestick. It can be an indication of a future bearish trend.
Essentially, the large black candle is forming a "dark cloud" over the preceding bullish trend.
The dark cloud must have a closing price that is:
1) within the price range of the previous day, but
2) below the mid-point between open and closing prices of the previous day.
Many traders will wait for a bearish move on the third day, forming a formation similar to the Evening Star three-candle pattern. If day three is a long red candle, that pattern combined with the shooting star is a very strong reversal signal.