Trading with Candlesticks: Visual Tools for Improved Technical Analysis and Timing (paperback)

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Traders who use charts to time their moves rely on strong and clear signals. Unfortunately, price levels and traditional technical indicators alone aren't always reliable. There is a solution: candlestick signs, moves, and patterns. When these visual signs of reversal or continuation are integrated with other signals, they provide the strongest possible entry and exit timing: both the signal and the means for confirming it. In this easy-to-use book, renowned trader Michael C. Thomsett demystifies candlesticks and...

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Overview

Traders who use charts to time their moves rely on strong and clear signals. Unfortunately, price levels and traditional technical indicators alone aren't always reliable. There is a solution: candlestick signs, moves, and patterns. When these visual signs of reversal or continuation are integrated with other signals, they provide the strongest possible entry and exit timing: both the signal and the means for confirming it. In this easy-to-use book, renowned trader Michael C. Thomsett demystifies candlesticks and shows active traders exactly how to use them. In Trading with Candlesticks, Thomsett explains how each leading candlestick works, how they appear, and how to interpret them to discover emerging price moves and trend reversals, as well as confirmations of existing trends. Trading with Candlesticks shows dozens of examples of candlestick signs, moves and patterns in action, explaining them not in isolation, but as part of broader, developing price trends on real stock charts. Thomsett also discusses failed signals, and offers guidelines for identifying the likely impending failure or success of each pattern. While no investing approach is 100% foolproof, Thomsett's system for recognizing candlestick signals and confirming them with other technical signs makes technical analysis more accurate than it's ever been before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132900690
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,263,826
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Thomsett has authored more than 70 financial books, including The Options Trading Body of Knowledge; Options Trading for the Conservative Investor, Second Edition; “Put” Option Strategies for Smarter Trading; Winning with Options; The LEAPS Strategist; and the best-selling Getting Started in Options, now in its 8th edition with 250,000+ copies sold. His book The Investment and Securities Dictionary was named by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1988. Before starting his professional writing career in 1978, Thomsett was an accountant. He has actively traded options since the mid-1970s.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . viii

About the Author . . . ix

Introduction . . . 1

Chapter 1 The Basic Candlestick . . . 5

The Origin and Meaning of the Candlestick . . . 6

Strengths and Weaknesses of Candlesticks . . . 9

Paper Trading as a Testing Ground . . . 12

The Skills Every Trader Needs . . . 14

Candlesticks: General Observations Concerning Their Use . . . 18

Expanding the Information Pool Effectively . . . 20

Endnotes . . . 22

Chapter 2 Single-Stick Signs . . . 25

Uptrends and Downtrends . . . 25

The Significance of a Candlestick’s Shape . . . 28

Variations on the Bullish Long Candlestick . . . 30

The Mistake Pattern . . . 32

The Spinning Top, Hanging Man, and Hammer . . . 37

The Significance of Tails . . . 42

Chapter 3 Double-Stick Moves . . . 47

Two Reversal Moves: Engulfing and Harami . . . 48

More Reversals: The Inverted Hammer and Doji Star . . . 53

Even More Reversals: Meeting Lines and Piercing Lines . . . 56

Confirming Patterns: Thrusting, Separating, and Neck Lines . . . 60

Reversal and Confirming Moves–Relative Values . . . 66

Chapter 4 Complex Stick Patterns . . . 69

Reversal Trend Change Patterns . . . 71

Reversal Trend Inside and Outside Formations . . . 74

Reversal Stars and Abandoned Babies . . . 78

Complex Trend Patterns . . . 82

Complex Gap Trends . . . 86

Chapter 5 Reversal Pattern Analysis . . . 91

Recognizing the Bull Reversal . . . 91

Recognizing the Bear Reversal . . . 94

The Doji as a Reversal Signal . . . 97

Reversal Patterns with Gaps . . . 101

Reversals Setting New Support or Resistance . . . 104

More Resistance and Support Reversals . . . 108

Multisession Gap Reversals . . . 111

Chapter 6 Volume and Volatility . . . 119

Volume as a Price Indicator . . . 119

Volume Indicators . . . 122

Volume Indicators and Candlesticks . . . 126

Testing Price Volatility . . . 131

Chapter 7 Buy and Sell Setup Signals . . . 141

Price Spikes and Reaction Swings . . . 143

Percentage Swing Systems . . . 146

Short-Term Gapping Behavior . . . 149

Anticipating the Trend During Consolidation . . . 153

The Setup Pattern and Swing . . . 156

Support and Resistance in the Swing Trade . . . 165

Chapter 8 Swing Trading with Candlesticks . . . 171

A Swing Trading Overview . . . 171

Quantifying Price Movement with Candlesticks . . . 174

The Importance of Convergence and Divergence . . .. 178

Primary Trends and Candlestick-Based Entry or Exit . . . 182

Setup Criteria and Action Points . . . 186

Selling Short in Swing Trades . . . 190

Chapter 9 Spotting Trends and Using Trendlines . . . 193

Identifying the Trendline . . . 194

Trendlines and Candlesticks as Confirmation . . . 200

Applying Moving Averages to Candlestick Analysis . . . 203

Chapter 10 Technical Indicators . . . 207

The Value of Confirmation . . . 207

A Review: Technical Analysis Basics . . . 209

The Significance of Gaps . . . 212

A Key Framework: Support and Resistance . . . 215

Overbought and Oversold Indicators . . . 217

The Potential of Candlestick Signals . . . 222

Glossary . . . 225

Index . . . 235

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    Refreshing and clear - finally, a technical analysis book that's easy to read

    I saw an advance copy of this book and was very impressed with its organization and clarity. So many books on these kinds of technical subjects are just too complex to understand; but this one makes it all so very clear and easy to follow. I feel as though I really understand candlesticks like never before. Highly recommended for students, traders and investors.

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