The Tasuki Pattern

Tasuki with Falling Window
Tasuki with Falling Window

The Tasuki pattern is a combination of a gap or window and two candlesticks. In Japanese candlesticks, a gap is called a window and occurs when there is a gap between two consecutive candlesticks, including their shadows. It is not a window if the gap is between the real bodies of the two candlesticks, but the shadows touch. The gap must be between the shadows as well. A window can be a rising window, which is bullish, or a falling window, which is bearish. Two candlestick after the window are required to complete the pattern. These candlesticks may not close the window or fill the gap. The first candlestick following a rising window should be a bullish rising candlestick followed by a dark, bearish candlestick that open within the real body of its preceding candlestick. The second candlestick should close below the real body of the first candlestick but should not close the window. If the second candlestick closes the window, then the pattern is invalid. Subsequent candlesticks may close the window but not the second candlestick. The rising window should be considered support and the failure of the following two session to close the window and violate support, is an indication of the bullish nature of the market.

The opposite is true of a tasuki with a falling window. The candlestick following the falling window should be a dark, bearish candlestick that is succeeded by a bullish rising candlestick that open within the real body of bearish candlestick. The second candlestick should close above the real body of the first candlestick without closing the window. The falling window is an indication of bearish sentiment with the window serving as resistance. This bearishness is confirmed by the failure of the following two session to close the window and violate resistance.

Tweezers Pattern

Tweezers Top
Tweezers Top

The Tweezers Top and Tweezers Bottom patterns are minor trend reversal patterns that consist of two candlesticks with the same approximate high or the same approximate low respectively. The two candlesticks should have alternating colors with the first confirming the current trend and the second indicating a weakness in the trend. The reliability of these patterns increase when the first candlestick is has a large real body while the second candlestick has a short real body.

In the Tweezers Top pattern, the first candlestick should be a bullish candlestick with a ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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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