Bearish Candlestick Patterns

By Stella Goh – Market Data Analyst| 27 June 2018

Bearish candlesticks are probably the most important things we have to learn in candlestick pattern analysis. Every candlestick is delivering a unique and important message to us whether there is a selling or buying point. The tug war between bulls and bears will influence and decides the market. There are many different forms, patterns and size for a bearish candlestick. Let’s us look at these few common types of bearish candlesticks.

Bearish Engulfing Candlestick

 

The bearish engulfing pattern consists of a white candle, followed by a long black candle, mark by the first candle of upward momentum being overtaken or engulfed by a larger secondary black candle.

Before the Bearish Engulfing patterns occur, there are a bull controls which creates a definite of the uptrend. They will continue to push upwards during the crucial period. The second black candlestick formed when there is early buying pressure causes the security to open above the previous close, and the seller steps in and drive the price down, and the candle closes lower than the last.

The signal conveys a very drastic change in investor sentiment which allows investors to predict that a reversal on the horizon. When the bearish engulfing pattern is present, investors who will focus on short-term gains may choose to sell the due to changes of sentiment.

Bearish Harami

 

In Japanese term, “Harami” means pregnant, which means that the second candle determines the pattern of potency. The smaller the candle may have the higher the chance of reversal to occur. Bearish Harami formed at the end of an uptrend. It starts to develop with a relatively long white candle, followed by a relatively small black candle which is engulfing by the previous candle. This formation is showing that the buying momentum is weakening.

Bearish Tri Star Pattern

 

Bearish Tri Star pattern is a scarce reversal pattern which appears in the market that dominant in an uptrend and comprises by three Dojis candlestick. The first Doji always occurs in the uptrend which reveals that the market is indecision between buyers and sellers. The second body of Doji is higher than the previous Doji which emphasised more uncertainty, while the third Doji’s body is gap downward indicates that bears will soon to take over the control. These three Dojis strongly suggests that the trend is about to change.

Three Black Crows

 

Three Black Crows is a moderate trend of a bearish reversal pattern. It consists of three large consecutive long-bodied black candles. Each candle will be opened below the previous open and close progressively downwards than the same preceding candle. There should also be a little or no wicks formed on the candles.

Three Black Crows is an indicator that used to determine the weakness in an established uptrend and potential emergence of the downtrend. Therefore, when this happened in the uptrend, the negative market sentiment will push the price downwards, and this strong reversal will confirm that the upward price movement has ended. However, if the three candlesticks are overextended and make significant price declines, it could get into oversold territory.

Bearish Belt Hold

 

Bearish Belt Hold is a bearish reversal candlestick pattern. This candlestick pattern is straightforward to identify because it is formed by a single candlestick which is also known as Black Opening Marubozu that no upper shadow but with a small lower shadow.

This candlestick is always appearing after the stretch of the bullish candlestick. The opening price begins to decline against the overall trend of the market. It will eventually stop and close near to the low by leaving a small shadow at the bottom of the candle and formed a bearish candlestick. The longer the candle is, the more powerful and more significant it is. This candle should confirm by a bearish candlestick that developed in the next session.

 Conclusion

Reading technical chart is essential knowledge to all investors. It helps every type of investors, both of short-term or long-term to take action accordingly to their strategies. Bearish candlesticks provide useful indications for short-term investor, and it helps long-term investors to buy relevant stocks at a lower better entry.

Bullish Candlestick Patterns

By Stella Goh – Market Data Analyst | 20 June 2018

Candlestick charts are perhaps the most popular financial chart which assists investors to predict the price movement of their securities. Swing traders have internationally used it to understand how the price of the stock has changed over a specified period. There are dozens of bullish reversal candlestick patterns and this time we will focus on few popular bullish candlestick patterns.

Bullish Abandoned Baby

Bullish Abandoned Baby is a type of candlestick which use by technical analyst to signal a reversal in the current trend. It can also be known as a rare form of morning Doji star. There are three distinct of candlesticks to make up this bullish abandoned baby. The first candle will be the red candle which located in a downtrend, followed by a Doji. There is a gap below the two adjacent candle shadows. The following candle will be a white candle which uses to indicate the strong bullish sentiment.

Bullish Engulfing Candlestick

Bullish Engulfing Candlestick chart formed when there is a large white candlestick fully cover the smaller previous black candlestick without regards to the length of the tails shadow. This type of candlestick will usually happen during a downtrend, found some support or buying volume, and then it will be made a bullish move back up by breaking the previous day’s high. It will be indicating that there is a potential reversal and it is also the signal of the beginning of a bullish trend in the security.

When there is a bullish engulfing candle form at the end of a downtrend, the reversal is much more powerful as this will represent a capitulation bottom. The lows of the candle should be the lows of the downtrend. There shall precede by a minimum of 4 consecutive lower low candles which should close near to the candle highs before the bullish engulfing candle.

Three White Soldiers

Three White Soldiers pattern consist of three consecutive large bullish candles that open within the previous candle’s real body and close that exceeds the last candle’s high. There is no gap between the candles, and do not have very long shadows open within the real body of the other candle.

When this frenzy buying continues third days, three white candles will be formed side by side with higher highs and higher lows. It signifies that the increased in the momentum in the ongoing of bullish phase.

Bullish Hammer

Hammer candlestick is just made up of only one candle and it may occur at the bottom of a downtrend. The candle looks like a hammer with an extended lower wick and short body at the top which is a sign of the sellers are driving the prices lower during the trading session and followed by strong buying pressure to end up market close higher or near to opening price.

Morning Doji Star

A Morning Doji Star is formed when the first candlestick is a long and bearish black candle, followed by a Doji that gapped below it, and then the third candle will be a white candle. If the penetration of the third candle is over 50%, it will be indicating that this pattern has much higher success rate. Morning Doji Star is a strong bullish price reversal candlestick pattern which appears at the end of a downtrend which will turn the current downtrend into the upwards direction.

Conclusion 

While fundamental analysis helps investors to select the potential stocks, the technical analysis allows investors to determine when is the best time to buy and sell. Candlesticks pattern are an excellent way to read the current market sentiment. Combination of both pieces of knowledge will significantly help investors to survive in the volatile market.

Warrants in Stock Market

By Evelyn Yong | 13 June 2018

A warrant is a security that gives holders confers the right, but not the obligation to buy or sell a specific underlying asset at an agreed price (strike price) on the expiry date. The price movement of the warrant is usually much greater than the underlying share. Hence, investors may expose themselves in higher volatility price movement due to leveraging positions in warrants.

There are 2 exercise styles for warrants, American style and European style. An American style warrant can be exercised at any time within the period before the expiration date, while European style warrant can only be exercised on the day of the expiration date. In Malaysia, we only practice the American style of warrants.

There is 2 type of warrant traded in Malaysia, which are company warrant and a structured warrant.

Company warrant

Company warrant also called as a stock warrant. It is issued by the listed company itself to raise money. It gives you the right to purchase a company’s stock at a specific price within the contract period. Once holders choose to exercise the warrants, new shares will be issued by the company for the transaction.

The validity period for company warrant can up to 10 years and determined by the issuance company. Once new shares were issued, the total company shares will increase and earning per share will be reduced. This situation makes existing stockholder owns a smaller or diluted percentage of the company. Issuing warrants can help to lower down the financing cost for the company(as raise capital through issuing instead of borrowing) as well as secure the additional capital if the stock does well.

Company warrant can be found in Bursa market with the stock code followed by –WA or WB or WC. ‘W’ stands for the representative code of company warrant while the ‘A/B/C’ is the series of the warrants issued and it can up to ‘Z’ depends on the company issuance. A company warrant price is usually lower than its mother share price and has listed the conversion ratio for exchanging into 1 share. The said of buying warrant can be volatile mostly due to the gearing ratio. When the gearing ratio is high, it will reflect higher changes on the warrant when the price of mother share is increasing or decreasing. When investors expect there is appreciation on company future value, they will purchase the company warrant which is lower cost at the same time minimises the loss if the share price drop.

Structured warrant

The structured warrant also named as an exchange-traded option or stock option and issued by financial institutions. The structured warrant settlement is in cash and does not involve any mother share. In Malaysia, there are 6 licensed issuers which are AmBank Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, Macquarie Capital Securities (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and RHB Investment Bank. The objective of having a structured warrant is to create the capital liquidity in the market as the price of the warrant is just a fraction of its underlying share. The issuer aims to make a profit on the risk management of the warrants sold, in doing so they also take on risk. When issuers sell warrants, they will buy shares or other derivatives to hedge their positions and attempt to capture a margin spread regardless the share price goes up or down.

Structured warrant separated into call warrant and put warrant. A call warrant gives the right but not obligation to buy the underlying asset at the fixed exercise price within the limited period of time. It will increase in value when the price of the underlying asset goes up due to the gearing ratio effect. If the settlement price of the underlying is above the strike price at expiry, the call warrant is deemed to be “in-the-money” (profit) and the holder will receive a cash payment. Otherwise, the warrant will expire worthless.

Put warrant gives the right but not obligation to sell the underlying asset at the fixed exercise price within a limited period. The value of put warrant will increase when the price of the underlying asset goes down. Put warrant price will inversely differ from the movement of the underlying asset. When the settlement price of the underlying is below the strike price at expiry, the put warrant is deemed to be “in-the-money” and the holder will receive a cash payment. Otherwise, the warrant will expire worthless too.

So the value of the structured warrant will be much valuable when in longer maturity date compare to shorter validity, which deemed to have a higher risk. Below illustrated the different company warrant and a structured warrant.

Company Warrant vs Structured Warrant

  Company Warrant Structured Warrant
Issued by Company itself Financial Institution
Maturity date Up to 10years Maximum 2 years
Liquidity Low High
Stock issued Dilution, new stock Not involving underlying stock
Code -WA -PA (Put warrant)
-CA (Call warrant)
Benefits Encourage sale of shares and raise capital without incurring new debt Enabling traders to long and short the stock market or index with minimal entry cost

 

Features of Dynamic Chart on ShareInvestor Station

By Stella Goh – Market Data Analyst | 1 June 2018

Technical analysis played a significant role in investor’s life especially a big help in forecasting future price movements in the market. It is a term based on the historical price movement of an asset to predict future price movements which may help investors in making a financial decision.

Investors may use some trading tools such as identifying the trends, supporting or resistance points as well as other mathematically derived indicators to predict the future price movement of the stock. ShareInvestor Station provides with a variety of features that help in technical analysis. Let us look at this few awesome features offered in the dynamic chart of ShareInvestor Station.

Dynamic Technical Analysis Chart

Dynamic Chart of ShareInvestor Station provides both historical data up to 20 years and real-time intraday data which are up to 3 months. Investors can choose the duration of chart views such as years, months, days and up to second. Besides, there are also options of 5 years and 10 years length which may allow investors a quick zoom-in to their preferred chart range. The chart also will enable investors to select, zoom in, and zoom out to make them more convenient to identify the future trends of the stock. (Refer 1st & 2nd picture below)

Highly Customizable Indicators

The indicator is calculated formula derives from price, volume data, and others info.

ShareInvestor Station provides more than 100 of basic and common indicators such as Native indicators, Bands indicators, Momentum indicators, Oscillator indicators, Price Volume indicators, Trends indicators, Volatility indicators, Volume indicators, Predefined Technical Analysis indicators and financial ratio indicators.

All of these indicators came along with definition, formulas, explanations and examples. It helps investors to have a better understanding of each indicator which is customizable to some extent such as horizontal shift, line colours, and weight. Investors can create and edit their indicators via the Technical Analysis Formula Editor. All of these indicators built can be applied to the charts. (Refer picture below)

Chart Comparison

One of the most significant features of ShareInvestor Station available in the dynamic chart is Performance Comparison. This feature allows investors to compare more than 2 of any history stock price in a single chart as per the example above.

On the other hand, investors can also select the how to display the stock price by modify the colours and line weight or display it as candlestick chart, bar chart, line chart at closing price, mountain chart, Heikin-Ashi Chart and Hollow Solid Candlestick Chart. (Refer picture below)

 Drawing Tools

ShareInvestor Station consists of more than 35 drawing tools to enable investors to draw charts for analysis. There are some advanced drawing tools such as Fibonacci Retracement, Fibonacci Projection, Linear Regression, Gann Fan, Gann Grid, Andrew’s Pitchfork, Standard Deviation Channel and so on.

By using these drawing tools, investors can predict the future price movement of the stocks based on their criteria. The display of the colours, apply line width, line style or line value to their chart can be changed as well with a simple click.  Investors will able to save the studies of their chart as a template, review back the drawings and use the enhanced of drawing tools for later use. (Refer picture below)

News and Events on Chart 

Last but not least, the features of news on charts makes tracking stocks much more accessible to investors. News and events can be display on a specific date along with the trends in the chart. Therefore, investors can quickly correlate the price movement of their stock to market-moving news to make a better decision on their investment. (Refer picture below)

Conclusion

As the wise man said, useful tools are prerequisite to the success of a job. ShareInvestor Station is a great investment analysis tool to assist investor. It does not just shorten the time needed for studying the market but will also the provide the comprehensive data that not readily accessible to the retail investor.