High Wave Candlestick Pattern: Full Guide

Candlestick patterns

High wave candlestick pattern
  • High wave is a 1-bar candlestick pattern that has very long upper and lower shadows and a small real body.
  • It shows indecision in the market.

Statistics to prove if the High Wave pattern really works

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How does the High Wave behave with a 2:1 target R/R ratio?

Success rate

From our research the High Wave pattern confirms 42% of the time on average overall all the 4120 markets we analysed. Historically, this patterns confirmed within 3.5 candles or got invalidated within 3.1 candles. If confirmed, it reached the 2:1 R/R target 42.1% of the time and it retested it's entry price level 88.9% of the time.
Not accounting for fees, it has an expected outcome of 0.263 $/$. It means for every $100 you risk on a trade with the High Wave pattern you make $26.3 on average.
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How to handle risk with the High Wave pattern?


We analysed 4120 markets for the last 59 years and we found 729 707 occurrences of the High Wave pattern.
On average markets printed 1 High Wave pattern every 21 candles.

For 2:1 R/R trades, the longest winning streak observed was 30 and the longest losing streak was 127. A trading strategy relying solely on this pattern is not advised. Anyway, make sure to use proper risk management.

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Keep in mind all these informations are for educational purposes only and are NOT financial advice.

A lot of candlestick traders don’t fully realize that each candlestick pattern tells a story about the market. This is surely the case with a high wave candlestick pattern signal.

This candlestick formation, like the spinning top and doji formations, indicates market indecisions. Thus, traders wouldn’t take the high wave candlestick as an entry signal. However, it can be a good signal that the market may be changing direction. There are various high wave candlestick patterns at the bottom or top of trends that are changing direction.

High wave is a candlestick pattern that has very long upper and lower shadows and a small real body. It indicates that the market is losing the direction bias that it had before the candle formed. If the real body is a doji rather than a small real body, it is a long-legged doji.

The high wave candlestick has a small real body, and it shows a stock that has uncertainties. The spinning top has small lower and upper shadows, while the high wave has longer shadows, meaning more volatility.

What is the High Wave candlestick pattern?

How does it form?

The high wave is a special kind of spinning top basic candlestick that has one or two long shadows. The open and close prices are not the same. They are slightly different from each other. Here, the color of the body doesn’t matter. The pattern is similar to the long-legged Doji.

Just as it is with most candles having long shadows, high wave pattern shows that market fluctuations are rapid. This may represent a threat to the current trend. The importance of the candle, as in so many cases, depends very much on the context of the market.

Nison described that wrote in the first edition of his book that the high wave candlesticks are the candles whose two shadows (lower and upper) are long. But in the next edition, he states that it is sufficient that only one of the shadows is very long.

As it is with the spinning top, the importance of a high wave depends on what activities on the chart. Morris states that it may mean a change in trend. Its importance will be stronger when it happens after an explicit trend (downtrend or uptrend) and an increased volume will follow.

Any accumulation of candles showing huge volatility of the market after a strong trend will mean the possibility of reversal.

What market dynamics the pattern shows?

The idea of this pattern is that, throughout the given period, the bulls and the bears both tried to move the market. However, neither was able to hold onto their gains by the end.

Like a spinning top, a high wave pattern has a small real body. The variation is that a spinning top has small upper and lower wicks. A high wave candlestick has relatively long upper and lower wicks, showing more volatility.

High wave candlesticks show a stock that has indecision. The stock market is a battle between the bears and the bulls. Due to this, candlesticks like the high waves tell a story.

Emotions drive markets. Japanese rice seller Homma realized this a long time ago. Due to this, he came up with patterns to solve this. Emotions influenced rice trading a very long time ago.

Things are the same today. Investors dabble in emotion, trading based on fear and greed. Those two emotions affect the action of price.

How to identify the High Wave pattern?

High wave patterns show conditions where the market is having difficulty deciding on a security’s value. They show a market in which uncertainty and indecision prevail. Neither the buyers nor the sellers have a clear understanding of the direction the market will head to. The forces of supply and demand are the same.

If it forms on high volume, then it shows the general confusion of the market about the direction of prices.

What does the High Wave pattern tell traders?

Spinning tops and high wave candlestick patterns can have either bearish or bullish real bodies. The real body of a high wave can be bigger than the real body of a spinning top. But it should be relatively small when compared to its total range (the distance between its low and high).

The candlesticks may form in various places on charts – including consolidating markets. To be of any use, like the doji and spinning top, the high wave signal has to come after a downtrend or an uptrend. When used this way, it could indicate a possible change in direction. At least, it should inform traders on the possibility of stronger, more dependable, reversal signals coming up.

It is not necessary to get caught up in reading the exact form of candlesticks. As a result of the similarities indecision candles have. Just as the doji, a high wave candle tells a story of indecision.

The candlestick has a small real body and long shadows coming from the top and bottom of the real body. This tells traders that there is a lot of volatility with the uncertainty.

High wave patterns tell the story of the market having a difficult time coming to a consensus of a stock’s value. The bears and bulls don’t know where the stock will head to.

If you pair the high wave candle with high stock volume, it means you are not certain about the direction the stock will go to. As a result, it is important to know how to implement technical analysis tools.

How to trade when you see the High Wave pattern?

Technical analysis uses previous market data like volume and price to determine the direction a stock will head. When paired with an indecision candle, it will help in gauging a trend.

Everything is not 100 percent certain. Technical analysis is not a crystal ball telling traders how to trade. Anything can happen. News and emotion can change the direction of a trend.

But technical analysis clears up a blurry situation. Candlesticks are very important. They’re the first line of defense during technical analysis. Not only are they used in telling a story, but they also create vital support and resistance levels.

Knowing how to trade high wave candlesticks is easy:

  • Take a long position when price breaks higher than the high of the candlestick
  • Use a candlestick close below the low as a stop level
  • Take a short at the break of the low and use a candlestick close above high as a stop

High wave candlesticks form because traders are not sure about where a stock will head to. If you see that form on a chart, wait a day for two before placing a trade. This is why traders must know what candlesticks are communicating. Stay patient, and let the patterns come to you.

Conclusion

Like all the other candlestick patterns, the context in which these signals happen is very significant. If you notice a high wave candlestick pattern during a time of price consolidation, it means market indecision. But so is the low-volatility, which consolidates the market.

These signals can be important when they happen during trends, particularly extended or strong trends.

Nison recommends that traders should use candlestick signals with western technical indicators to find and get the best trades. You can combine candlestick signals with other profitable trading systems that work well with candlesticks.

The high wave candlestick is a simple indecision signal – not strong when used alone. But it can help to make a strong case for taking other, stronger candlestick signals.

How does the High Wave candlestick pattern look in real life?

The cryptocurrency pair VTHO/BNB printed a bearish High Wave on 2020-07-17 22:00:00. It confirmed on 2020-07-18 18:00:00 (meaning price closed below entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2020-07-18 20:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2020-07-23 15:00:00.
The cryptocurrency pair BTT/BTC printed a bullish High Wave on 2019-06-26 21:00:00. It confirmed on 2019-06-27 17:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2019-06-27 18:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2019-07-16 19:00:00.
The cryptocurrency pair ENG/BTC printed a bullish High Wave on 2018-07-01 06:00:00. It confirmed on 2018-07-02 02:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2018-07-02 05:00:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2018-07-06 03:00:00.
The stock WAT printed a bullish High Wave on 2018-08-27 13:30:00. It confirmed on 2018-08-28 17:30:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2018-08-28 18:30:00. Then it failed to reach the 2:1 R/R target and got stopped on 2018-08-30 13:30:00.
The cryptocurrency pair NAS/USDT printed a bullish High Wave on 2019-12-17 16:00:00. It confirmed on 2020-01-06 16:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2020-01-07 16:00:00. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The etf QQQ printed a bullish High Wave on 2019-09-04 12:00:00. It confirmed on 2019-09-05 08:00:00 (meaning price closed above entry level). It retested the trade entry level on 2019-09-05 12:00:00. Then it successfully reached the 2:1 R/R target.
The stock FFIV printed a bearish High Wave on 2000-07-28. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2000-08-17 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock WDC printed a bearish High Wave on 2019-05-02 17:30:00. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2019-05-03 13:30:00 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock STZ printed a bullish High Wave on 2019-09-24 18:30:00. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2019-09-25 14:30:00 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).
The stock STZ printed a bullish High Wave on 2020-07-30 17:30:00. Unfortunately it invalidated on 2020-07-31 13:30:00 before the trade could trigger (it triggered the stop before entering).

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