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Top 3 Technical Tools Part 1: Japanese Candlesticks

Elliott Wave International senior analyst shows you how to identify quality trade setups

by Editorial Staff
Updated: August 02, 2017

"I always will be an Elliottician, but other technical tools have merit and are indeed worthwhile: they allow me to build a case, build a more confident reason for making a forecast and for taking a trade; making a trading decision."

-Jeffrey Kennedy

I recently asked Trader's Classroom editor Jeffrey Kennedy to name 3 of his favorite technical tools (besides the Wave Principle). He told me that Japanese candlesticks, RSI, and MACD Indicators are great methods to support Elliott wave trade setups.

In this 3-part series, we will share examples of how to use these 3 tools to "build a case" in the markets you trade. These practical lessons allow you to preview how Jeffrey applies techniques with proven reliability to support his analysis.

We begin this first lesson with a basic candlestick-style price chart.

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You may be familiar with an Open-High-Low-Close (OHLC) chart: comprised of vertical lines with small horizontal lines on each side. The top of each vertical line is the high and the bottom is the low. The small horizontal lines on either side represent the open and close for that period.

Here's an example of a Japanese candlestick chart:

Candlestick chart

Japanese candlestick charts employ the same data that OHLC price charts do except that the data is expressed differently. The real body is the range between the open and close, and appears as a small block. Shadows are the lines that extend upward and downward from this block, and represent the highs and lows.

Next, take a look at the chart below.

Two bearish candlestick reversal patterns that Jeffrey finds highly reliable are the Evening Star and the Bearish Engulfing patterns. This weekly continuation chart for the Canadian dollar combines a 20-period moving average to show that the trend is down -- allowing you to focus on bearish reversal candlestick patterns to spot trading opportunities.

Candlestick chart

Jeffrey notes that "combining these reversal patterns with moving averages makes them even more dynamic because they focus your attention in the direction of the larger trend."

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Japanese candlesticks begin our spotlight on 3 of Kennedy's top ancillary tools for trading with the Wave Principle. Over the next two weeks, we'll share parts two and three -- how Kennedy uses RSI and MACD Indicators to support his Elliott wave interpretation.

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