Shooting Star and How to Use it in Forex Trading

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Shooting star is one of the renowned Japanese single candlestick patterns used in forex trading.Like all other single candlestick patterns, It also indicates a reversal and total change in the price of a currency.


The Shooting star pattern is formed when the price of a currency has increased and still continues to increase. Then the formation of pattern indicates that the price of that currency is soon going to fall. Initially the price rose to some extent during the trading day however due to the domination of the sellers, the price changed its direction.


This pattern shows that at the start of the trading day, the price of a certain currency is opened with a very low value. Then there is shift in the price movement however the price is again dragged to a low value at the end of the day. It means that initially buyers tried to the increase the price. They successfully bought during the trading day. It was going smoothly but then sellers started their game and succeeded to overpower the buyers. This pattern is a bearish signal that right now the market has no buyers. If there are no buyers, it means that the sellers have overshadowed them.


The structure of pattern has:

  • Small body
  • The upper shadow has long length
  • A small lower shadow or in some extreme cases there is lack of lower shadow.

Confirmation of a Shooting Star:

The pattern of is confirmed by the candlestick formed after it.

False Signal:

If the price increases after the formation of a pattern, it means that this formation is a false signal.

Shooting Star and Inverted Hammer:

Shooting star pattern looks exactly like Inverted Hammer but there is a major difference between them. They are formed in alternative scenarios. The Inverted Hammer pattern is formed during a downtrend while the Shooting star is formed during an uptrend.

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