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Mastering Candlesticks: Dark Cloud Cover

What is it?The Dark Cloud Cover pattern has a very descriptive name as it sounds like the clouds are building, and a rainstorm is coming which is exactly the way the Japanese interpreted this pattern. Japanese traders believed when you see a dark cloud cover formation; you should get ready because the rains are about […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Bearish Harami

What is it?“Harami” means “pregnant” in Japanese, and as you can see in the following image it is an appropriate name for this candle. The candlestick pattern is characterized by a large, better than average size white candle. While the second candle is a smaller black candle, usually a spinning top, which occurs completely inside […]

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Foundations: Trend Lines

Two weeks ago, we covered building a framework for your trades using support and resistance lines. When we locate and mark lines of support and resistance on our charts, it gives us a framework upon which we can ​build. It provides a graphical representation of trader sentiment, and it defines pivot points where a stock […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Tweezer Top

What is it?By definition, a Tweezer Top is a two line candle formation which occurs at a resistance after a bullish swing. The first candle is white, the second candle is black, and the opening price of the second candle matches the closing price of the first candle. Based on that definition, any of the […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Falling Three

​What is it?It is somewhat ironic this pattern is a five-candle pattern, even though we call it a Falling Three, but once you understand the pattern, it makes perfect sense. The first day closes with a large black candle. It is followed by three smaller candles which do not trade above or below the first […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Bearish Engulfing

What is it?Similar to the One Black Crow, the Bearish Engulfing pattern also closes below the preceding day’s opening candle reflecting the bears have taken back more territory than the bulls gained. However, the big difference between the two is the Bearish Engulfing pattern gaps up at the market open instead of gapping down like […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: One Black Crow

​What is it?The One Black Crow candlestick pattern is made up of two candlesticks and starts with a long bullish white candle. It is followed by a long black candle which opens and closes lower than the previous white candle’s open and close. Remember, both candles in this pattern should be long candlesticks.Where is it?The […]

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The 5 Worst Candlestick Patterns to Trade

Taking the time to learn candlestick patterns is one of the best uses of time for any trader. Once you learn the patterns, they will stay with you forever. However, before you go out and spend a lot of time memorizing patterns, understand there are some patterns which provide little useful information because the signals […]

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Top 5 Favorite Candlestick Patterns

Since the beginning of TradeSmart, we have often been asked by students which candlestick patterns are the best? They may change the question around a little bit to which ones are the most reliable or is such and such pattern better than this pattern. Regardless of how the question is phrased, it always comes down […]

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Top 4 Mistakes when Trading Chart Patterns #4

Chart patterns are one of the best tools technical traders have for anticipating market sentiment shifts. However, as great as they are, chart patterns are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Over the past three weeks, we have been sharing the top four mistakes traders make with chart patterns, mistakes which often lead people to think they […]

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