Candlestick chart analysis has become increasingly popular among traders worldwide to identify trading opportunities. It is by far the most commonly used technical analysis tool, which helps to identify patterns in historical price movements to predict future movements. The reason for its immense popularity is that candlestick charts provide more detailed information about the market in a very simple way. Candlestick patterns are easier to analyse, while packing in data across multiple timeframes into a single chart.
Candlestick chart analysis can be used for trading forex, CFDs, stocks, indices, commodities or any other financial instrument.
Looking Back 100 Years
Interestingly, candlestick charts originated more than a century back, in Japan. In the 1700s, a rich Japanese merchant named Munehisa Homma invented the candlestick chart to trade rice. While there is a link between price and demand for a commodity, markets are also heavily influenced by emotions. Homma, now considered the father of candlestick charts, wanted a method that could incorporate the impact of emotions by visually representing the extent of price movements.
Understanding the Components of Candlestick Chart Analysis
To master candlestick analysis, it’s important to first understand the components of the charts. The chart is made up of several candlesticks.
Each candlestick depicts four price points: