Investing in Stocks for Beginners is made easier by candlestick patterns which show what the supply and demand was for a particular period and show whether buyers or seller were in control. Long white candlesticks mean that buyers were in control whereas black candles show that sellers were in control throughout the period in question (this may be five minutes, five days or a month etc...).
Long wicks show that there was a lot of action but at the end of the period the closing price was close to the opening price. If the body is at top with a wick at the bottom this means that the sellers were in control at the beginning but the buyers got control towards the end of the period. If the body is at bottom with a long wick at the top then the buyers were initially in control but then sellers took control at the end of the period.
Short candlesticks means that there was no action or that there was a battle between buyers and sellers but that neither won. If short candlesticks show up at top of a long uptrend or downtrend then it can show a change in the trend.
Check out the short youtube video on candlestick chart patterns by informed trades .com for more details
For more on technical analysis see stock charts for beginners
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