Candlesticks Charts, an Introduction for Technical Analysis

Posted on September 3, 2008. Filed under: analysis | Tags: , , , , , |

There are two types of ways to analysis the price of a stock, fundamental analysis, and technical analysis. Fundamental analysis is used to gauge the price of a stock based on the fundamental attributes of the stock, such as price/earnings ratio, Return on invest, and associated economic statistics.

Technical analysis deals more with the psychological component of trading a stock, and is influenced for the most part on emotionalism.

The technical analyst is seeking to answer the question “how are other traders viewing this stock, and how will that effect the price in the immediate future”.

As you will see, the candlestick chart is the most effective way to gauge the sentiments of other traders.

The Japanese were the first to use technical analysis to trade one of the world’s first rice futures markets in the 1600s. A Japanese man by the name of Homma who traded the futures markets in the 1700s discovered that although there was link between supply and demand of the rice, the markets were also strongly influenced by the emotions of the traders.

Homma realized that he could benefit from understanding the emotions to help predict the future prices. He understood that there could be a vast difference between value and price of rice.

This difference between value and price is as valid today with stocks, as it was with rice in Japan centuries ago.

The principles established by Homma in measuring market emotions in a stock are the basis for the Candlestick Chart analysis.

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