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Sell Stock and Buy Stock with Technical Analysis

There is so much to technical analysis that it takes many investors quite some time before they have a full understanding of it concepts and terminology. Once understood, however it can lead to successful trading and great profit potential. In today’s article we discuss important steps that every investor should take if looking to sell stock or buy stock using stock technical analysis.

Keep it Simple

You may become overwhelmed at the number of technical indicators available to investors to use when short term stock trading. You should have an understanding of the majority of them however you should not use all of them when you are trying to trade. You should use two or three in conjunction with one another. Some of the most popular technical indicators include the moving average, candlestick patterns, as well as support and resistance levels.

Back-Test Technical Indicators

Investors should back-test their technical indicators against historical data. You should do an ample number of tests in order to develop a trading system that works for you.

Paper Trade

Stock traders should practice paper trading before trading with real money. Investors should sell stock and buy stock using their trading plan and technical indicators on paper first in order to ensure that they have a plan for success in place. Online paper trading is very popular among investors these days. Just be sure that you don’t develop a fear for stock trading with real money. You will need to enter the market at some point! You will also need to work out the kinks with our trading plan in order to tweak it so it works to its full potential.

Stop Loss Orders

Just as you should know your entry points, you also need to set your exit strategies. Investors use stop loss orders in order to do this. This prevents the investor from holding onto a losing trade for too long with the hopes that it will reverse. While you still lose, you are limiting your losses significantly through understanding and implementing stop loss strategies. You must however be sure that you practice discipline and follow your strategy when you sell stock.

Many investors have found that technical analysis tools are extremely helpful when investing in the stock market. Keep in mind many investors opt to utilize the tools associated with fundamental analysis in order to practice long term investing. You can do both if you would like. It really depends on your philosophy and what you feel comfortable doing.

Market Direction

Let the market tell you what the market is going to do! This is professed by the Japanese Rice traders. It may seem like a very simplistic statement but it has some very powerful consequences. As observed in the Dow chart and the NASDAQ chart, the recent pullback looked exactly like the pullback of mid August. After the pullback, there were a couple of indecisive trading days. For the candlestick investor, this provides valuable information. One of two things was going to happen. Had the markets traded lower after those indecisive trading days, breaching the potential formation of a trend channel, it would be obvious the bears were in control.

As was witnessed, after the indecisive trading days, the small Spinning Top followed by a small Bullish Engulfing signal, the trend started moving back up. This made for a situation where profits could confidently be made. The positive trading of Thursday, Friday, and today confirmed the upward trading channel was still the predominant analytical factor. Having that knowledge, made easier to see with the candlestick signals, alerted the candlestick investor to close out short positions and build up the long positions of the portfolio. The visual aspects of the signals and the trend makes for easier and more decisive decisions.

Sell Stock, Dow

The pullback of last week appears to be profit taking. This short-term selling atmosphere, prior to the last three days, has created Jay hook pattern’s. This now allows for the exploitation of the next price move. Knowing what a Jay hook pattern foretells allows an investor to pinpoint where the most powerful price moves may be occurring. As demonstrated in the XIDE chart, the strong price move was followed by a pullback and now the new buying can be witnessed.

Sell Stock, XIDE

Knowing the correlation between the first wave and the third wave, an investor to develop the appropriate investment strategy to maximize the profits from the potential next move. This could either be buying stocks or buying options strategies. Understanding what a pattern will produce creates more than one advantage for the investor. It not only identifies the appropriate time to be reestablishing a position, it identifies which price moves should have more strength than a conventional price move. Wave three can be measured based upon the magnitude of wave one.

The Scoop pattern also is providing some big price move opportunities. Placing positions in the portfolio that are the result of a price pattern identification creates a much stronger probability that at least one, if not more, positions in the portfolio might have the potential to provide a huge price move. That potential can be seen in the ASH chart and in the NUAN chart.
Sell Stock, ASH


Sell Stock, NUAN

Consistently adding positions to the portfolio that have high probability results produces a self disciplined trading program. It helps an investor to make decisions that constantly improve the probabilities of being in the right place at the right time. When the force of a trend can be analyzed utilizing candlestick signals, an additional benefit is the ‘protection’ to the downside. Even during a strong reversal in the overall market trend, the charts that had shown inordinant strength before the reversal will usually have enough ‘carry through’ to allow the liquidation of that position with much less loss compared to other positions.

The added strength of a candlestick chart pattern makes options strategies an extremely viable trading platform. The direction of a price movement can be well defined with candlestick signals. Those price moves become much better leveraged when applying simple option strategies. Candlestick analysis is merely the identification of a price trend based upon the signals created by investor sentiment. Profitable investing is the result of taking advantage of those price trends.

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Selling Stock

Not only is it important to know when you should buy stock, but you obviously need to know when you should sell stock as well. In today’s article we discuss a few reasons why an investor may want to sell their stock when investing in the stock market.

One reason an investor may choose to sell their stock is if they determine that the stock is overvalued. It is important to study the market and analyze the value of your stock so that you don’t end up losing big. Often times, stocks are pushed past their true value only then to fall in value significantly. The goal when stock investing and selling stock, is to sell a stock when it is over valued and then buy the stock back after the market has had a chance to correct itself. This is not exactly easy to do as this takes accurate knowledge of pricing in the stock market as well as consistency, however many stock traders and stock investors are able to make a significant profit.

Another reason that investors opt to sell stock is when they decide to rebalance their stock portfolio. Perhaps financial circumstances have changed and the ratio of stocks to bonds to cash needs to be adjusted. Selling stock is one way to do this and the investor must be sure that not only is selling the stock profitable, but that his or her investment portfolio is still well diversified afterwards.

The last reason for selling stock that we discuss today may be for personal reasons. Perhaps you have some major unexpected bills and you need some cash in hand. This is especially relevant in the current economy and many investors are reevaluating their asset allocation as a result. This is a good time to determine which stocks may be under-performing. Liquidating stocks to pay bills should of course be a last result, but it is one option that some individuals these days have to do.

There are many additional reasons for selling stock in addition to the above. Investors should look elsewhere first before using money that is tied up in investments in the stock market and they must be sure that they understand the consequences. It is not the end of the world is it is necessary, and once the economy and most individuals’ financial circumstances change, there will be more opportunities to invest in stocks in the future.

Price To Earnings Ratio – How Does It Affect Your Bottom Line?

When it comes to investing in the stock market, one measurement stands out above the rest; how much did the investor earn at the bottom line and in turn, how does that earning compare to the price. Traders use many tools to help determine their stock trading plan, but the most common tool for assisting an investor is price to earnings ratio, or P/E ratio. Price to earnings ratio is an example of stock fundamental analysis; this is the method of examining businesses at the most essential levels. This process of review evaluates many key ratios of a business to attempt to determine the stability and financial health of a company and to determine the value of its stock.

It is safe to say that the number one ratio investors cite when discussing fundamental analysis is price to earnings ratio. This number is raised aloft like it possesses an authority above all others. It is, in fact, only one of many examples of fundamental analysis that successful traders should use before implementing trades. The price to earnings ratio evaluates the relationship between the price of a stock and the company’s earnings; it is the most widely used metric in fundamental analysis but far from being the only one that a trader should use. When reviewing the price to earnings ratio, it is wise for the investor to consider other ratios as well as using a stock trading system to search for the most complete information on a stock and its trends.

Simply put, to calculate price to earnings ratio, divide the share price by the company’s earnings per share (EPS). For example, if a company has a share price of $50 and an EPS of 10, the price to earnings ratio is 5. While a higher P/E ratio is generally considered a good thing, to some investors it signals an overpriced stock. It is very important that the trader views the P/E ratio only as a stock market trading tool to help draw an overall conclusion. Using a method such as candlestick analysis, an investor is better able to understand the dynamics of a stock before deciding to purchase or not.

So what does the price to earnings ratio tell the investor? It gives an idea of what the stock market is willing to pay for a company’s earnings. While it is generally accepted that a high P/E ratio is favorable and a low P/E ratio isn’t, even that conclusion isn’t accepted by all investors; therefore, it is wise to view the price to earnings ratio as a tool for helping to identify a potential stock purchase. When used with a stock investing system and other analysis ratios, it can help the investor to determine the best stock market investing strategy possible.

Equity Market

Equity market is another name for a stock market. The term equity also refers to the value of someone’s ownership of a business, property, or a shareholder’s partial ownership in a business. An equity is a stock or stock share not bearing fixed interest. In other words an equity’s value rises and falls with that of a company and its shares. It does not pay guaranteed interest as with a bond.

Use of the term equity market reminds us that a stock market investment is owning shares of a company’s assets. An equity market is a public market where stocks are listed, bought, and sold. An equity market, or stock market, has members who do the buying and selling. Everyone else pays a commission for this service in order to buy stock or sell stock. Now, in the computer age, exchanges such as the NASDAQ are virtual and all activity is in a computer system. This contrasts with the traditional “outcry” system of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where orders flow through a real person, a floor broker.

Equity markets allow companies to raise money without borrowing. Rather than incurring debt the company sells ownership shares, giving away future profits and giving a vote in the affairs of the company for each share. Although a public stock company may not incur debt by issuing stock, it always runs the risk of a takeover. An outside party can purchase a sufficient number of stock shares to control the company’s board of directors, name its own management and take over the company.

Besides allowing a company to raise money, equity exchanges offer very liquid investments. Stocks are almost always easier to buy and sell and a clear market value than real estate, for example. There are equity exchanges throughout the world. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ are the two large American exchanges. Canada has the Toronto Stock Exchange. European exchanges include the London Stock Exchange, the Paris Bourse, and the Deutsche Börse. Asia has the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Bombay Stock Exchange, and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In Latin America there are the BM&FBovespa in Sao Paolo, Brazil and BMV, the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. In the United States market indexes such as the S&P 500 help traders and investors follow the market sectors.

A problem with dealing in many equity markets outside of the United States is the lack of transparency. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversees American stock markets, helping to insure that illegal insider trading, for example, does not enrich some at the expense of others. Although the SEC does not do a perfect job it provides an oversight that is sadly missing in many markets outside of the United States. Even basic stock information may be lacking on some foreign exchanges. Unless the investor has excellent inside information in some foreign exchanges, the best stock market investing strategy may well be to trade and invest at home.

Trading in the equity market requires learning the basics of stock market investing. As stock prices move up and down traders and investors buy stock and sell stock in search of a profit. A day trader will buy and sell within a day, typically holding no stock positions overnight. Long term investing engages in techniques like value stock investing in order to capture a stock at a low price and allow it to appreciate in value over many years.

Market Direction

Did you know what the market needed to do this morning? Without candlestick signals, many people cannot answer that question. With candlestick signals, an investor can easily evaluate what is required to reverse or continue a trend. Yesterday’s trading produced a Doji in both the Dow and the NASDAQ. It was showing strength due to the fact that the previous day had been a very strong day. The early-morning selloff yesterday was the expected profit-taking. The Bulls needed to see a trading close near the top end of the trading range to indicate the uptrend was still in potentially progress. The other remaining factor was that neither the Dow nor the NASDAQ was able to close above the T. line. This created a potential warning.

Equity Market, Dow

Equity Market, Dow 5 minute chart
Dow 5 Minute Chart.

A candlestick signal, the Doji, allowed for a very easy assessment of what was required in today’s trading. If the Bulls were in control, the markets needed to open positive and trade positive. When that did not happen this morning, the next evaluation was to see whether the Bears were in control or whether this was another early-morning pullback. That becomes better evaluated by watching a five-minute and a 10 minute chart. After the initial 30 minutes of trading, it can usually be seen that the downside has found a churning area, a flat trading area where the Bulls and the Bears are in conflict. The analysis of a 10 minute chart visually fine-tunes an investors entry strategy. Once it could be seen the Bulls were coming back into the market, individual stock positions could be evaluated again to see if they were confirming their bullish signals.

This is not a difficult analytical process. The chart patterns will be just the same on the daily chart as they will be for analyzing a five-minute chart. Having the ability to understand which signals and patterns work effectively at specific support and resistance levels allows for excellent stoploss procedures and excellent entry procedures. As illustrated in our recommendation today of TSTC, being able to assess that the Bulls were in control of this price even during the general market pull back, made for a very low risk trade execution.

Equity Market, TSTC

The simple logic of analyzing a stock price holding its own or trading slightly positive when the rest of the market is being sold off allows for a profitable generalization.. If the Bulls show evidence they are returning in the general market, it can be easily assumed that the initial strength of this stock’s price was going to show more strength in a strong market.

The nice thing about candlestick analysis is that it is the evaluation of something that consistently does the same thing over and over, human emotions. Taking advantage of the reoccurring price movements makes for a simple process for consistently pulling profits out of the markets. Please take time to peruse the benefits found in candlestick signals. The weekend of February 20 and 21st, the Candlestick Forum will be presenting a two-day comprehensive training on candlestick analysis. This is not a training that promotes you will be able to pay for the training with the first trade you enter after the training is over. This is a training that does promote the idea that when you understand the nuances built into candlestick signals and patterns, you control how the trades are performed and you eliminate the emotions out of your trading program. You will discover about correlating the daily chart with a five-minute and 10 minute chart greatly enhance your entry and exit strategies. Click here for more information.

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Commodity Futures

The process of trading commodities is also known as futures trading. Unlike other types of investing such as stocks and bonds, when you trade futures you don’t actually buy anything.  Trading commodity futures includes the speculation of the future direction of the price of the commodity you are trading. To put it another way, you are actually betting that the future price will either go up or down, and how that will effect you depends on if you are the buyer or the seller of the commodity. The large companies that operate in these futures markets use futures contracts to lock in their selling prices for the product in advance of delivery of the product. The company that does this is actually doing what is referred to as “hedging.”  The other side of the transaction, when dealing with commodity futures, is the trader who speculates on whether the commodity price will go up or down before the contract is due for delivery. When trading commodity futures, no one has to take, or make a delivery of the underlying product that the futures contract represents.  Most of the time, the trader merely offsets his or her position at some time before the date that the contract is due.

The commodity futures market includes items such as wheat, corn, gold, silver, pork-bellies, heating oil, lumber, and many additional commodities. The main commodity trading groups actually include currencies, interest rates, stock indices, grains, meats, energies, metals, and food and fiber.  Currency trading is a great market for long-term trend followers since they exhibit long-term trends that reflect the health of the economy.  Interest rates also have great long-term trends with the best contracts being the T Bonds and T Notes.  Another category in the commodity futures market includes stock indices. Most commodity and futures traders use the S & P but they may also trade the DAX, the NASDAQ, and the Dow Jones. Energy is another group used when commodity investing, and it is the biggest physical commodity group in the world as it relates to volume. It also exhibits great, long-term trends all of the time. The main focus for speculators trading metals is on Copper, Gold and Silver. Additional metals that have produced great trends in recent years include platinum, and palladium.  Grains and meats have recently lost their luster and now speculators trade more financials, but the popular commodities in the group include pork-bellies, as mentioned above, live hogs, feeder cattle, and live cattle. The last group includes the food and fiber group. These commodity futures markets look at orange juice, cotton, coffee and cocoa, however cotton is probably the best market for long-term trend followers.

If you are interested in trading commodity, it is important to familiarize yourself with the COT report. The COT report stands for Commitments of Traders and the report is drawn by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  This report contains detailed information in the futures market on positions and volumes of contracts.  It is not meant for exclusive use of foreign exchange trading, but it instead lists out the conditions in the futures markets about contracts and whether the net contracts were long or short.

Many successful traders have become very rich in the commodity markets. When looking to invest in commodity futures investors know that it is one area where an individual who has limited capital can make great profits in a relatively short period of time. Patience and education is a must if you are interested in the commodity futures market.

Commodity Futures Price

Commodity futures price quotes are available for food and fiber, grain and oil seed, interest rates, cattle and hogs, metals, and oil and energy futures. No matter whether one is trading corn futures, oil futures, copper futures, gold futures, natural gas futures, or silver futures knowing the current commodity futures price is essential for profitable futures trading in commodities. One can find the current price on futures for any given commodity by looking online at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, (CME), the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), and the commodity exchange, COMEX. An excellent means of learning about commodity futures pricing and commodities markets is commodity and futures training.

Commodity futures contracts are agreements between two parties for the sale of a given quantity of a given commodity on a specified future date. Futures contracts can be for a few months or for years. For example, in May the COMEX trades corn futures contracts for delivery in May, July, September, and December of the same year. It also trades contracts for delivery in March, May, July, September, and December of each of the next two years. Then it trades contracts for July and December three years hence. Depending upon crop conditions, market demand, and factors such as the price of oil and the amount of corn being diverted to ethanol production the commodity futures price of corn will vary above or below the current spot price.

A commodities trading in futures should be distinguished from options trading in commodity futures. A futures contract confers the obligation to buy or sell the commodity in question if the contract is held until expiration. In fact, many traders will exit their position in the days prior to expiration. However, producers and buyers who are hedging commodities will, in fact, deliver or take delivery of the commodity in question. On the other hand buying calls and buying puts in the commodity futures market confers the option to buy or sell but not the obligation. Selling calls and selling puts, of course, confers the obligation if the buyer decides to exercise the option. The advantage of buying calls or puts is that the trader will only lose his premium if the commodity price does not move as expected.
As with all markets price movements can be predicted with technical analysis tools such as Candlestick charting and Candlestick pattern formations. Although fundamental commodity analysis will tell the trader the eventual commodity futures price he or she will need to follow the example of rice traders in ancient Japan in letting market history predict market future. Because history does, in fact, repeat itself in commodity market price patterns it is possible to predict that a market trend will continue or that market reversal will occur. The trader knowledgeable in Candlestick trading tactics will typically be one up on the rest of the market in profiting from commodity futures price movement. Letting the market tell the trader what the market will do is still an adage that works after hundreds of years of commodity trading.

Market Direction

The failure of the trend at the 50 day moving average makes the 200 day moving average the next likely target. Obviously, that should keep the orientation of your portfolio to the short side. After trading much lower during the day, the Dow and the NASDAQ attempted to close near the higher end of the trading range. This gave some possibilities of a small bounce tomorrow. The premarket futures will give a good indication of how this market is going to move tomorrow after today’s Doji’s. Keep in mind, one of the basic price patterns is the appearance of a Doji after a strong move one way or the other. The Doji indicates a day of indecision between the Bulls and the Bears. As seen in the Dow and the NASDAQ today, the Doji becomes a very good indication of whether a bounce could occur back up to the T-line or a lower open would indicate the bears have won, the downtrend will remain in progress.

Commodity Futures Price, DOW


Have you ever read the books that are titled “How I turned $5000 into $250,000 Trading Commodities”? What is the first reaction when looking at that title? Boy, I should be able to do that. I am reasonably intelligent. You take the book home and you read it from cover to cover hoping to learn that secret that made the author big bucks. However, when you have finished the book, you discovered the contents merely told how the author was long or short a commodity that was moving in a trend and they pyramided the position and made huge gains. The rest of the book merely talked about how the commodity market functioned. After reading the book, you sit there and say that was interesting but I did not learn how I was going to utilize my intelligence to make the big dollars like the author did.
Is it possible to make a fortune trading commodities? Yes, but not everybody is going to be lucky enough to be in a position that starts getting huge moves in one direction or the other. But big profits can be made trading commodities. If you are shooting for that big price move that you happen to be in at the right time, you will probably lose big bucks before you ever make big bucks. Fortunately, candlestick analysis allows an investor to make consistent profits while trading commodities. The bonus is that the signals and patterns put an investor’s funds in trade situations that has high probabilities of producing big price moves/big profits.

The biggest deterrent for most investors about trading commodities is they constantly hear about how risky they are. That is a completely true statement, provided you do not know how to trade commodities. Candlestick analysis creates a trading platform that makes trading commodities a non-risky venture. Candlestick signals are the graphic depiction of investor sentiment. That sentiment does not change whether you or trading slow moving bonds, stocks, or highly leveraged trading entities. Making big profits trading commodities is a combination of being able to identify the correct trades, then being able to control the emotional aspects of investing. The Japanese Rice traders made fortunes trading Rice successfully. The poignancy of that statement is that Rice is not a very exciting commodity. It doesn’t have great volatility in price.

How do you hit a lucky trade while trading commodities? As in the famous words of Thomas Edison, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Learn how to trade commodities correctly and you can make huge profits. Learn how to trade commodities correctly, and you’ll have a much better grasp on trading stocks profitably. This weekend’s Candlestick Forum Commodity Trading training concentrates on how to identify high profit trades, then how to maintain your mental discipline to maximize the profits of each trade. Can you turn $5000 into $250,000? It is feasible but not likely. Can you turn $5000 into $20,000? That is very reasonable. Can you turn that $20,000 into $50,000? That is very reasonable. Can you turn that $50,000 into $90,000? Once again, utilizing candlestick analysis, the compounding effect of multiple correct trades can produce huge profits with normal market price movements. Take the time to explore a trading market that holds more advantages to the active investor than merely trading stocks. Candlestick analysis, which consistently provides high probability trade situations, becomes very effective when trading fast-moving/highly leveraged commodity trades. Click here for more training information.

Commodity Futures Price, Soybeans

Commodity Futures Price, Lean Hogs
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Sell Commodity Futures

Traders will sell commodity futures when they believe that the price of the commodity will drop substantially between the time they sell the commodities contract and the contract settlement date. The trader will rarely hold contracts to settlement but will buy a commodity futures contract with the same settlement date in order to exit the commodities trading position. When the spot price is sufficiently below the contract price it is profitable to sell commodity futures and then buy at the lower price to profit from trading commoditiesTraders will commonly use both fundamental and technical analysis tools in order accurately predict commodity price movements. Technical analysis tools such as Candlestick analysis have helped commodities traders for centuries in anticipating how a commodity will trade in coming hours, days, weeks, and months. Anyone beginning commodity futures trading will do well to take Commodity and Futures training in order to understand basic commodity trading and to profit by successfully trading commodity futures.

Although a trader will enter into a contract to sell commodity futures he or she will only rarely deliver on the contract. This is the business of producers and buyers of commodities and is called hedging. In this case a gold mining company may sell gold futures or an agricultural cooperative may sell corn futures. An oil company could, in fact, sell oil futures. In each case the seller will be in the business of the commodity in question and will, in fact, be able to produce the commodity for delivery. The company is hedging as a technique of controlling investment risk. This is a common practice and the backbone of the commodities markets. The large volume and liquidity caused by large buyers hedging risk provide the trader with an excellent opportunity to buy commodity futures or sell commodity futures for profit. The trader learns to predict market movement with the use of Candlestick pattern formations and similar technical analysis tools in order to decide whether it will be profitable to buy or to sell commodity futures.

Although a trader may sell commodity futures with settlement dates long in the future he or she need not wait for the settlement date to exit the contract. A commodity trader will watch the market for the commodity using market price tracking and prediction tools like Candlestick charting techniques. When a gap opens up between the contract price for the commodity future and the current commodity futures price the trader can exit his of her position for a profit and never worry about sleeping through the settlement date and having to deliver several hundred head of live cattle to a stockyard in Kansas City or Chicago! Like much of trading derivatives the trader enjoys a fair amount of leverage when he or she decides to sell commodity futures. With a relatively small investment compared to the actual price of the commodity, in contract volume, the trader can make a substantial profit as compared to his invested capital by careful and well practiced use of technical analysis using Candlestick basics.

Market Direction

Why did candlestick investor’s buy aggressively on Wednesday while other investors invested timidly? The candlestick investor had a very high probability trade signal being confirmed. The Inverted Hammer signal is one of the 12 major signals. It does not occur as often as the other signals, however when it does occur, the results can be depended upon for its high percentage correct trade results. A candlestick Inverted Hammer signal, followed by a positive open the next day, will result in somewhere around a 95% probability the uptrend has started. With probabilities like this, the candlestick investor can invest aggressively upon seeing the confirmation. This is what we witnessed in the Dow on Wednesday. Tuesday formed an Inverted Hammer signal. Wednesday’s pre-market futures were opening positive. A number of individual stock charts were setting up for very bullish price move.

Sell Commodity Futures, Dow


Being able to analyze the direction of the market creates a huge advantage for the magnitude and aggressiveness an investor can enter a trade. Knowing the probabilities of a successful uptrend on an Inverted Hammer confirmation, buying immediately into individual stock charts that were confirming price patterns becomes an easy process. Where is a good portion of profits usually generated? Just as the trend is turning. There is a rush for investors to get back into a price move once they see a reversal has occurred. Fortunately, the candlestick investor can take advantage of the reversal immediately where most investors will require additional confirmation.

Being prepared for a bullish move in the markets allows for aggressive buying into individual charts that are showing high probability/high profit trade situations. PWER was purchased on the open today when the markets were confirming continued positive moves after the Inverted Hammer confirmation. A positive move would have revealed a breakout of an obvious resistance level. Knowing the expectation of a breakout, this allows an investor to be participating in a price move that has big profit potential.

Sell Commodity Futures, PWER


The investment psychology behind candlestick signals is very simple. This makes the logic very simple for applying positive trade situations. Unfortunately, most investors learn how to invest based upon the sage advice that comes from Wall Street. As has been experienced through many years, the accepted practices of the Wall Street culture provides mediocre returns at best. Candlestick analysis pinpoints the high profit, low risk trade situations. This technique of investing permits an investor to control their own profitability. The analysis of which signals and patterns can produce the biggest profits is not a difficult process to learn. The Candlestick Forum provides a two day training program that puts the logic that is built into candlestick signals into a very orderly learning process. This is not theoretical information. This is the nuts and bolts that has been utilized for centuries for very successful rice trading. You may not have any background in technical analysis. With candlestick signals, you do not need it.

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Playing The Stock Market – Made Easy With Candlestick Analysis

laying the stock market becomes a much easier process when knowing which direction the markets are moving. The information incorporated in the Candlestick signals makes analyzing the market direction very easy. When playing the stock market, profits expand dramatically when being positioned correctly in the trends.

Understanding what the Candlestick signals demonstrate when in the overbought or oversold conditions allows the Candlestick investor to greatly reduce market exposure risk. Most investors playing the stock market want to be long all the time. The advantage of the Candlestick signals allows an investor to analyze whether to be long, short, or have positions in both directions. Having the ability to analyze the signals correctly makes analyzing the market direction very easy.

The past few weeks, it has been recommended to be positioned towards the ‘long’ side, although not aggressively. The analysis of the market indicated that a pullback was in progress but not a very convincing pullback. Under these conditions, specific sectors/stocks produce some very good profits on the long side. Had the Candlestick signals illustrated more severe selling possibilities, a different strategy would have been put in place. This summer, usually the slow time of year for trading, has produced some significant gains while playing the stock market.

Market Direction

As can be seen in the Dow chart, the decline over the past month and a half has been very slow and calculated. Numerous indecisive trading days revealed that there was no great urgency to take money out of the markets. With that analysis, putting investment funds into the strong sectors was not going to be influenced greatly by severe negative market sentiment. A large number of stocks were showing buy signals once they came back and tested the 50 day moving averages. This provided on another indication of the presence of buyers in the market.

Over the past few days, the Dow has shown some good bottoming signals as the stochastics were turning up out of the oversold condition. Monday formed a Bullish Engulfing signal. Although Tuesday sold off again, it produced a significant bottoming signal. Note how the lows of both Monday and Tuesday were exactly the same. This created a Tweezer Bottom. A Tweezer Bottom has significance in that it illustrates a level where the buyers step in more than once. Wednesday’s trading also produced a tail to the downside that almost tested the same a low level. The strong close on Wednesday formed a second Bullish Engulfing signal in the last three days. This would be a strong indication that the buyers have bottomed out the markets.

Playing the Stock Market, Dow

The NASDAQ formed a Bullish Engulfing signal right at the 50 day moving average. The next day it formed a Doji/Hammer signal followed by a bullish candle that breached the 50 day moving average. The stochastics have now turned back up. All this occurred when the news reports were telling how terrible the oil shortage may be. Continue to buy on strength.

Playing the Stock Market, NASDAQ

Option Trades – The Candlestick signal analysis makes for some very successful option trades. Being able to analyze what the signals are doing, in respect to creating a high profit pattern, allows for the implementation of high profit option trading strategies.

Stock Market Technical Analysis Simplified With Candlestick Signals

Stock market technical analysis is dramatically improved when applying Candlestick signals. Working off the premise that the Candlestick signals are the cumulative knowledge of everyone who is buying or selling during a specific time frame, the evaluation of technical trends becomes better formatted when understanding what the signals are telling you. The effectiveness of Candlestick signals in stock market technical analysis is more clearly evident in the past couple of weeks when experiencing world events such as terrorist attacks.

Stock market technical analysis using Candlestick analysis allowed for a trading strategy on the morning of the bombings. The Candlestick signals indicate what investor sentiment is doing during any particular time frame. What were the market conditions on the morning of the London bombings? The stochastics were in the oversold condition. The previous two weeks had been showing Candlestick bottoming signals. Two sets of Morning Star signals had formed as stochastics had approached the oversold condition. This stock market technical analysis, without an extracurricular world event, was indicating that investor sentiment was starting to turn bullish once more.

With this stock market technical analysis in mind, upon hearing the news of the London bombings, an event that could dramatically influence investor sentiment, a trading strategy could be implemented. Knowing that the markets were already in a short-term oversold condition, where the Dow had appeared to hold the 10,300 level, a simple analysis could be made after hearing the news. Our stock market technical analysis indicated to allow the Candlestick signal of that day dictate what our strategy should be.

Utilizing stock market technical analysis in this manner becomes very simple. What was going to be the Candlestick formation that day? The markets immediately sold off that morning. They did so with good strength very early in the day. What should become the investment strategy? Our stock market technical analysis already told as we are in an oversold condition. Our Candlestick signals indicated that buying had been trying to start for the past two weeks. Prices were already down big early in the day. As we had advised in our members’ morning comments, it was a day to hold the long positions until we saw what Candlestick formation was going to occur. The candlestick charts clearly identify when signals may occur.

Had the day closed at the lower end of the trading range, it would have provided a completely different scenario than the formation of a Hammer signal. The Hammer signal revealed that investor sentiment was not in a massive selling mode. This provided the signal to buy aggressively upon seeing more strength the following day.


Hammers and Hanging Man


The Hammer is composed of one candle. It is easily identified by the presence of a small body with a shadow at least two times greater than the body. Found at the bottom of a downtrend, this shows evidence that the bulls have started to step in. The color of the small body is not important but a white candle has slightly more bullish implications than the black candle. A positive day is required the following day to confirm this signal.


  1. The lower shadow should be at least two times the length of the body.
  2. The real body is at the upper end of the trading range. The color of the body is not important although a white body should have slightly more bullish implications.
  3. There should be no upper shadow or a very small upper shadow.
  4. The following day needs to confirm the Hammer signal with a strong bullish day.

    Signal Enhancements

    1. The longer the lower shadow, the higher the potential of a reversal occurring.
    2. A gap down from the previous day’s close sets up for a stronger reversal move provided the day after the Hammer signal opens higher.
    3. Large volume on the Hammer day increases the chances that a blow off day has occurred.

    Pattern Psychology

    After a downtrend has been in effect, the atmosphere is very bearish. The price opens and starts to trade lower. The bears are still in control. The bulls then step in. They start bringing the price back up towards the top of the trading range. This creates a small body with a large lower shadow. This represents that the bears could not maintain control. The long lower shadow now has the bears questioning whether the decline is still intact. A higher open the next day would confirm that the bulls had taken control.

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    Market Direction – The series of Morning Star signals, confirmed with the bullish candle after the London bombing Hammer day, started the market uptrend. Friday, an option expiration day, started to show some toppiness. Both the Dow, the NASDAQ, and the S&P 500 showed indecisive trading. This was not unexpected on a Friday in the summertime and on an options expiration day. However, the stochastics in all of the indexes have now reached the overbought area.

    It would not be unusual to see some pullback occurring from these levels. This pullback would be more of a profit-taking process versus a reversal. The uptrend appears to be intact. The fear of the feds continuing to raise interest rates as well as oil prices in high trading areas has not produced any euphoric buying as of yet. This becomes a good indicator that the uptrend should persist.

    Stock Market Technical Analysis, Dow

    If a pullback should start appearing, with the evidence of selling starting on Monday or Tuesday, a logical pullback target would be the 50 day and 200 day moving averages. Weakness, confirming Friday’s Doji signals, would be the time to be taking some profits from this recent rally. The strategy, after the test of the MA’s, would be to analyze which sectors appear to be the next strong movers.

    Stock Market Technical Analysis, NASDAQ

    If the markets start pulling back from here, anticipating that the markets are in an uptrend, the Candlestick signals make it very easy to identify when the pullback is over.

    As illustrated in our recommendation of CTTY, once the breakout occurred and the profit-taking came into the stock, the Inverted Hammer, followed by a Bullish Engulfing signal, made for a very profitable trade. CTTY formed another Inverted Hammer on Thursday with some confirmed buying on Friday. Watch for the next leg up.

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    There are always opportunities being revealed when Candlestick signals are used for finding high profit trades.

Swing Trading Refined Using Candlestick Signals!

Candlestick signals become important for swing trading. Understanding what the signals are telling you will produces a very accurate format for swing trading as well as all other forms of investing. Swing trading, with a short-term outlook, requires being able to see exactly what the trends are doing over a 3 to 10 day period. The use of Candlestick’s become much more important especially in a market trend that is not showing very much conviction one way or the other. Understanding what the Candlestick signals are telling you becomes an important factor for making profits and for limiting losses. Interpreting what the signals are telling you is very easy. Whether swing trading, day-trading, or long term investing, the probabilities of being on the correct side of the trade grows dramatically when utilizing the information conveyed in a Candlestick signal.

Market Direction

As was noted late last week and early this week, two Harami signals indicated that the downtrend had stopped. At that time, with the trend apparently bottoming midway between the 50 day moving average in the 200 day moving average, a quick analysis would have suggested an up move to test either the 20 day moving average or the 50 day moving average. However, Thursday produced a doji, demonstrating indecision, and Friday created a bearish candle in the Dow, that closed more than halfway down the bullish candle the day prior to the doji. The last three days formed an Evening Star signal. A true Evening Star signal would be witnessed when the stochastics are in the overbought area.

Swing Trading Refined, Dow


Even though the Evening Star signal did not occur in overbought area, the formation still has to be evaluated as to what is the investor sentiment appearing to be at this time. Very simply stated, after Thursday’s doji, there was an opportunity for the Bulls to continue the rally. But we saw that the selling had stepped back in. Had we seen a bullish day on Friday, the evaluation of the market trend would have been simple, they are still moving this market up. After the big sell-off on Friday, and the stochastics coming out of the oversold area but turning back down, now allows us to analyze what Monday’s market action could produce.

Before the appearance of the two haramis last week, the Dow’s pullback had been fairly severe. The projection had been that it may test the 200 day moving average down near the 9800 level. The market action, as seen this past week reveals a mild bounce in a down-trending market. Friday’s action, after the doji, and forming a an evening Star signal, should now tell us that if we see weakness on Monday, the last weeks bounce may be over and we are now still heading for the 200 day moving average.

Is this a complete change of projections for just a few days ago? Yes, but that is what using the candlestick signals tell you to do. What could have been the possibilities from the market indications a few days ago has been completely altered by what the candlestick signals are telling us now. That is the whole premise of using candlestick analysis. It changes the investment strategy from being positioned in the direction of what you ” think” the market is going to do to a market strategy based upon what the candlestick signals are indicating the investor sentiment is now.

What may have been the correct analysis five days ago may not be the same analysis today. Most investors lose money because once they make an analysis of the market direction, their ego holds them to that analysis versus being willing to alter their analysis when things change, whether it be three days, three weeks, or three months. What looked like could be a test of the 50 day moving average in the Dow just a few days ago, now has the probabilities reverting back to testing the 200 day moving average if further weakness as seen in the market on Monday.