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5. Technical Analysis > Light the Way with Candlestick Charts

Light the Way with Candlestick Charts

Price patterns are easier to spot when you graph price movement with candlestick charts.

Japanese rice growers and merchants used candlestick charts to track and trade rice contracts as far back as the 1600s. The Japanese financial markets adopted and refined them, and then imported them to the U.S. as they have many other products. Candlestick charts have become the default representation for many Internet charting sites. Although candlesticks show the same data found in bar charts, albeit in a different way, candlesticks convey price action with no more than a quick glance. Using candlesticks effectively takes time and study. However, the rewards can be significant; candlestick charts can show trends, flag potential price reversals, and confirm buy and sell signs.


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