Mastering Candlesticks: Inverted Hammer Candle


inverted hammer candlestick

The overall performance ranks it 6 out of 103 candles, meaning the trend after the candle often results in a good sized move. Confirmation of a hammer signal occurs when subsequent price action corroborates the expectation of a trend reversal. In other words, the candlestick following the hammer signal should confirm the upward price move. Traders who are hoping to profit from a hammer signal often buy during the formation of this upward confirmation candle.

inverted hammer candlestick

The hammer pattern is a single-candle bullish reversal pattern that can be spotted at the end of a downtrend. The opening price, close, and top are approximately at the same price, while there is a long wick that extends lower, twice as big as the short body. A doji is another type of candlestick with a small real body. A doji signifies indecision because it is has both an upper and lower shadow. Dojis may signal a price reversal or trend continuation, depending on the confirmation that follows.

Trade your strategy

Here, we will discuss what the Inverted Hammer Candlestick pattern is, and how to use it to trade. As such, you can draw a support level and apply pivot points or Fibonacci retracements. Open a long position after you get a confirmation of the upward movement. To do this, you can apply the RSI or Stochastic Oscillator. There is no one best strategy, but we do have one for you that will open up another way of using the pattern. We’d like to remind you that this way of identifying a Stop Loss level can be risky as the risk may exceed reward dramatically.

Also, the hammer pattern fails if the following candlestick sets a new low. Whenever I think of a continuation candle, I often wonder why did they bother to name it? The answer is obvious because it says price is unlikely to reverse and that is worth knowing. Of course, inverted hammer candlestick knowing that theory is wrong about this candle can pay you big dividends, too, when shorting a stock with an inverted hammer. If you had believed that an inverted hammer was a reversal and closed out your short position, you would have missed a major move down.

Is a Hammer Bullish or Bearish?

Between 74%-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. I’m not sure if we are looking at the same candle, are you referring to the one with a very small upper shadow? Anyway, candlestick patterns do not guarantee price movements, it only enhances the probability of the move to happen in the expected direction. While both the hammer and the hanging man are valid candlestick patterns, my dependence on a hammer is a little more as opposed to a hanging man. All else equal, if there were two trading opportunities in the market, one based on the hammer and the other based on hanging man I would prefer to place my money on the hammer. The reason to do so is based on my experience in trading with both the patterns.

A hammer candlestick signals an upward movement after a downtrend. So, you can either close the sell position or wait for a confirmation of the upward movement to open a buying one.