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Evening Star Candlestick Pattern

The evening star candlestick pattern is composed of at least three candles. The first candle has a large body and is an “up” candle. The second candle has a small body, representing a spinning top or a doji. The third candle has a large body, is of approximate size as the first candle, and is a “down” candle.


Evening Star Candlestick Pattern Analysis

The evening star candlestick pattern represents a possible reversal to the downside. Similar to other reversal patterns, the evening star candlestick pattern is most significant when it is preceded by an established trend - in this case, an up trend.


The evening star candlestick pattern becomes increasingly relevant when the following occur:

  • Candles one and two have large bodies and are of approximately equal in length.
  • The middle candle – candle 2, has a relatively small body similar to a spinning top or a doji.
  • It is preceded by a strong up trend.
  • Confirmation candles are used to confirm the reversal.
  • Overbought indicators confirm a change in market direction.

Forex Trading Ideas

The evening star candlestick pattern may be traded alone, or with a combination of signals and/or indicators. For example:

  • Step 1 – Wait for a evening star candlestick pattern to appear during an established up trend.
  • Step 2 - Confirm the trend reversal with at least one confirmation candle.
  • Step 3 – Further confirm overbought conditions using the Relative Strength Index Indicator.*
  • Once conditions 1 – 3 are met place an entry order.

*Additional confirmation ideas – confirm the evening star candlestick pattern when it appears outside of the Bollinger Band or when the Stochastic Oscillator signals an overbought condition.

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