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Candlesticks Charts & Patterns

Inverted Hammer

Similar to the Hammer candlestick pattern that we have learned earlier, there is also an Inverted Hammer candlestick pattern. Let's see what it is?


What is an inverted hammer candlestick pattern?

Inverted Hammer is a reversal candlestick pattern appearing at the bottom of a downtrend which signals a bullish reversal. This candlestick pattern has a long upper shadow and no lower shadow. The length of the long upper shadow is minimum twice the height of the real body of the candlestick as shown below:



What is the psychology behind the pattern?

The Inverted Hammer is a signal of a probable bullish reversal after a downtrend. It signals that the bulls are now willing to buy the stock at the fallen prices. After the downtrend, there is buying seen at lower levels from the bulls which takes the prices up and the upper shadow is formed. Some profit booking is again seen at those high levels due to which the closing price is near the opening price resulting in the small real body of the pattern. The colour of the pattern – whether red or green is not important however a green candle is comparatively bullish. 



Confirmation of this candlestick pattern occurs when the next candle after the Inverted Hammer closes above the high price of the inverted hammer. This confirmation shows that the bullish reversal probably has taken place.


Traders can go long, once the high of the inverted hammer candle is crossed, keeping the low of the inverted hammer candle as the stoploss. One must remember to confirm this signal with other technical indicators as it may sometimes give a false signal.


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