Kicker Signals The Kicker Signal is one of the most powerful Candlestick signals. This is due to the signal having a gap built into it. In some cases the gap is very obvious. In other cases the gap is not always recognized by investors. As described in Mr. Bigalow’s book “Profitable Candlestick Trading”, the Kicker Signal dramatically illustrates investor sentiment has changed.
An easy-to-see, obvious reversal is the Island Reversal. It provides a dramatic reversal in that the enthusiasm that sent a price in a particular direction is countered with the same enthusiasm going the other way. In the example of Orbital Sciences Corp. ORB, Figure 29, the up-trend can be easily seen. At the top, after the buying enthusiasm created a long bullish candle, the
The J-Hook Pattern The J-Hook Pattern is another example of being alerted when a gap up could occur. The J-Hook Pattern occurs after a trend has had a fairly strong run up. It backs off for a period, most likely profit taking. The stochastics do not get back down to oversold, they start leveling out and curl back up near the 50 area.
San-Ku – Three Gaps Up As mentioned in Japanese candlestick analys is, the num ber three plays a very relevant part of the investment doctrine. Many of the signals and formations consist of a group of three individual signals. It has becom e a deeply rooted num ber for the Japanese investment com munity whether applied to Ca ndlestick analysis or not. This
As always, there are exceptions to all rules. The Gapping Plays are those exceptions. As previously discussed, the gap at the top of a trend is the exhaustion gap. The same is said for the gap at the bottom of a trend. The appearance of those gaps is either the last gasp exhilaration (at the top) or the last gasp panic (at the bottom).
Now turn the tables over. The same enthusiasm demonstrated by a gap to the upside is just as pertinent for sellers on the downside. A gap down illustrates the desire for investors to get out of a stock very quickly. Identifying clear Candlestick “sell” signals prepares the investor for potential reversals. The Doji at the top, Dark Clouds, Bearish Engulfing patterns are obvious signals
A gap that occurs well after the beginning of a trend reversal, where stochastic are still in the midrange of an uptrend, has different implications. How do you distinguish whether a gap is a potential measuring gap? Evaluate where the stochastic are in the trend. If they are still relatively low, the trend has more room to create another gap before getting to the
Figure 5 – Standard Pacific Corp. Many investors are afraid to buy after a gap up. The rationale being that they don’t like paying up for a stock that may have already moved 3%, 5%, 10% already that day. Witnessing a Candlestick “buy” signal prior to the gap up provides a basis for aggressively buying the stock. If it is at the bottom of
How Do They Produce Profits With Candlesticks? Gaps (Ku) are called windows (Mado) in Japanese Candlestick analysis. A gap or window is one of the most misunderstood technical messages. Most investment experts advise not to buy after a gap. This is true only about ten percent of the time. The other 90% of the time, the gaps will reveal powerful high profit trades. Candlestick
Money Making Candlestick Formations Candlestick Line Hammer An important bottoming candle-stick line. The hammer and the hanging man are both the same line, that is a small real body (white or black) at the top of the session’s range and a very long lower shadow with little or no upper shadow. When this line appears during a downtrend it becomes a bullish hammer. For