- Hammer candlestick pattern is a bullish reversal and it occurs at the bottom of a downtrend.
- Hammers signal that the bears have lost control over the prices, indicating a potential reversal to an uptrend.
- Confirmation occurs when the candle after the Hammer closes above the closing price of the hammer.
- Hammers don’t provide a price target, so determining profit for this trade may be difficult.
Hammer is a bullish reversal candlestick pattern.
As it is a bullish reversal candlestick pattern, it occurs at the bottom of a downtrend.
When the open, close, low, and high prices are almost the same, this candlestick is formed.
It consists of a lower shadow which is twice long the real body.
Let us understand in detail how the Hammer candlestick is formed and how we can make trading decisions with it.
|Table of Contents|
|What is the Hammer Candlestick Pattern?|
|Formation of Hammer Candlestick Pattern|
|What does Hammer Candlestick Pattern tells you?|
|How to use Hammer Candlestick Pattern Scans in StockEdge|
|Limitations of Hammer|
What is the Hammer Candlestick Pattern?
When the opening and closing prices are almost the same it shows that the bulls have taken control over the prices.
They have pushed the prices more than the initial opening price.
As Hammer is a bullish reversal candlestick pattern, it should be formed at the end of a downtrend.
The long lower shadow shows that initially, the bears had taken the prices too low, near the support.
But then the bulls came and they eventually took the prices up and closed it more than the opening price.
There is a difference between Hammer and Inverted Hammer in the terms of formation.
The Inverted Hammer candlestick is the upside-down version of Hammer.
What does Hammer Candlestick Pattern tells you?
As we have discussed above, Hammer is formed after the prices of the stock has been falling, indicating that the prices is attempting to form a bottom.
Hammers signal that the bears have lost control over the prices, indicating a potential reversal to an uptrend.
One should note that this candlestick should be formed after three or more bearish candles as it gives more confirmation.
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Confirmation occurs when the candle after the Hammer closes above the closing price of the hammer.
This confirmation shows that the bullish reversal has taken place.
Traders should enter long positions only after the confirmation candle.
A stop-loss can be placed at the low of the hammer’s shadow.
When identifying this pattern, one should note the following points:
- Before the formation of a Hammer pattern, the prior trend should be a downtrend and there should be at least2-3 bearish candlesticks.
- The Hammer pattern is formed when the real body is small with a long lower shadow.
- For the confirmation of reversal, a bullish candlestick should be formed after the Hammer.
Below is the daily chart of Nifty 50 in which all the above 3 points has been shown:
How to use Hammer Candlestick Pattern Scans in StockEdge:
You can also use hammer scans in StockEdge web version:
Steps to use these scans in StockEdge:
Under the “Candlestick Scans” we can see Bullish Reversal scans as shown below:
When we click on the “Bullish Reversal scans” we can see “Hammer” scan, click on that:
After selecting it, you will get a list of stocks in which the “Hammer” pattern is formed.
Limitations of Hammer:
There is no assurance that the price will continue to move up after the confirmation candle.
A long-shadowed Hammer may push the price high within two trading sessions.
This is not an ideal spot for buying as the stop loss may be at a great distance away from the buying point.
Hammers don’t provide a price target, so determining profit for this trade may be difficult.
Also, a candlestick pattern is significant when it occurs near an important level signaled by other technical indicators.