Gravestone Doji Candlestick: what does it Mean to Traders?

Dojis are popular candlestick patterns that form when an asset opens and closes at the same point. The pattern happens in all types of assets, including currencies, stocks, commodities, and shares. It also happen in all timelines, including minutes, hourly, four-hour, and daily charts.

There are three types of doji patterns, which include the classic doji, dragonfly doji, and the gravestone doji. In this article, we will look at the gravestone doji and how you can trade it.

Gravestone doji, dragonfly doji, and the long-legged doji

What is a gravestone doji candlestick?

A gravestone doji happens when a candle opens, rises, and then ends at exactly at the point. You can see this in the chart above. When the opposite happens – when it opens, falls, and then closes at the open – is known as a dragonfly doji.

The gravestone doji derives its name from its appearance. According to Steve Nison, author of Beyond Candlesticks, it is called so because it resembles a wooden memorial that is placed at a Buddhist gravestone. As such, it is said that those who come and buy at a higher price than this will die and become ghosts.

Ideally, the gravestone doji is usually a reversal pattern, especially when it happens after a strong rally of an asset. This is because it signifies that the price opened, reached a high, and then sellers came with a vengeance and pushed the price lower.

How to use the gravestone doji in trading

The first step of trading with the gravestone and all other types of doji patterns is to identify a trending asset. This is because these candlestick patterns do not provide quality signals in a ranging market.

The second step is to identify when the gravestone doji pattern happens. A good example of this is in the chart below. As you can see, the price reversed when the Doji pattern happened.

However, it is worth nothing that not all gravestone doji patterns are usually a sign that a bearish reversal is about to happen. This is mostly when the trend is relatively young.

Therefore, to identify the right gravestone doji, we recommend two things.

How to identify the right gravestone (and avoid false one)

Look for special relationship

First, look at the highest point of the Doji and see whether there is a special relationship. You can do this by looking at the existing chart or another timeframe. On the chart above, since there is no immediate relationship, we checked any relationship on the weekly chart.

On the weekly chart, we can see that the upper side of the gravestone doji is close to the highest level in May 2016. This validates that the pair is indeed reversing.

Use with pending orders

Second, another approach of using the gravestone doji is to use it with pending orders. A pending order basically tells a broker to initiate a trade only once a certain price is reached.

Ideally, the importance of using these orders is to limit potential losses. For example, in the chart above, since the upper side of the gravestone doji is at 15.7260, you can place a sell stop trade at 15.2496, which is the lower side of the doji.

In this case, if the doji turns out to be a real bearish reversal, then, the trade will be initiated at 15.2496.

Pros and cons of using gravestone doji

There are several pros and cons of using a gravestone doji candlestick pattern. First, the pattern is easy to identify, as shown above. Second, it is relatively easy to use to identify reversals.

Third, the gravestone doji tends to be a relatively accurate method of identifying reversals. Finally, it can easily be used together with other technical analysis tools.

And the main con of the gravestone doji? When it is not used well, it can lead to false signals.

Gravestone doji vs dragonfly doji

As shown in the first example above, a dragonfly chart is the exactly opposite of the gravestone doji. It happens when the price opens, falls, and the bulls push it higher to the open. A good example of this is shown below.

Final thoughts

The gravestone doji is an important pattern that is used to identify reversals in all types of assets. It is an easy-to-spot tool that is also easy to interpret.

Still, for new traders, it is recommended that you always be careful when using the pattern because at times, it usually does not signify a reversal.

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