I first learned about candlestick charts when I was speaking in Tokyo on the US markets in the late 80's. I was immediately fascinated by this form of charting I had never seen before. It was similar, but so different from the way I was looking at regular Western charts.
What I like about the Japanese candlestick charts is the interesting names they have for them and the patterns that immediately tell you where the market opened and closed for the day.
At MarketClub, when you have a blue candlestick bar, it indicates the market opened lower for the day, then closed higher. When it's a red candlestick bar, it is just the reverse, indicating that the price opened higher, then closed lower for the day. This is very valuable information, information that you can use time and time again.
During my stay in Japan, I learned later that candlestick charting has been around for centuries and it was originally used to chart and track rice prices. Now, this same form of charting is used for practically every traded market in the world today.
Japanese candlestick charts differ from Western charts as they are much more visual and descriptive than Western charts. Besides the more advanced formations on candlestick charts, they also have such interesting names like "hanging man," "hammer," "dark-cloud cover" and "morning doji star." I could go on, but I think you get the picture. The names of these formations are very colorful. Continue reading "Did Tesla Just Make A Classic Candlestick Bottom?"