Heiken-Ashi candlesticks

Heiken-Ashi (Japanese for ‘average bar’) candlesticks are a weighted version of candlesticks calculated with the following formula:

  • Open = (open of previous bar + close of previous bar)/2
  • Close = (open + high + low + close)/4
  • High = maximum of high, open, or close (whichever is highest)
  • Low = minimum of low, open, or close (whichever is lowest)

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Heiken-Ashi candlesticks must be used with caution with regards to the price as the body doesn’t necessarily sync up with the actual open/close. Unlike with regular candlesticks, a long wick shows more strength, whereas the same period on a standard chart might show a long body with little or no wick. Depending on the software or user preference, Heiken-Ashi may be used to chart the price (instead of line, bar, or candlestick), as an indicator overlaid on a regular chart, or an as indicator plotted on a separate window.

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