Community Submission - Author: Anonymous
A candlestick is a graphical representation of the price action of a trading asset. It allows chartists and traders to visualize the open, high, low, and closing prices within a specific time period.
Depending on the direction of the market movements, candlesticks have a different disposal of the closing and opening price, as well as different colors. Ascending candlesticks are usually depicted in green or black (filled). Descending candlesticks are usually red or hollow (white).
Among the many varieties of charts, the candlestick is likely the most popular between traders and chartists. Possibly because candlestick charts are visually easier to interpret, as opposed to the conventional line and bar charts.
Since its creation, candlestick charts have been used and studied extensively and are now a crucial part of financial markets. So, learning how to read candlesticks and how to identify their patterns is one of the most basic and vital steps of any aspiring trader.