Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How to identify a trend

I was away from my computer in the European session and missed opportunities in EUR/USD and EUR/GBP pair. Clean breakdown from the consolidation gave us good short opportunities in both pairs. If you are new to trading, I will suggest a few important things to clearly identify impulse and consolidation mode of a trend.
1. Size of candlestick: Usually when the market is trending it will make wide range candles with small shadows
2. In a consolidation period we will see mixed candles which mean bull and bear candles and small in sizes.
3. Usually one directional or impulse candle will cover most of the consolidation range..
4. Usually first candle will close with no or small shadow, which shows strength of the trend.

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