All About Inverted Hammer Candlestick Pattern

Inverted hammer candlesticks are a chart pattern that occurs after a downtrend ends when buyers pressure the asset to increase its price. Because it resembles an inverted hammer candlestick in appearance, its name is Inverted Hammer Candlestick. It has a shorter lower shadow and a longer upper shadow than its actual body. The extended upper wick signals a bullish trend, where the lower shadow is shorter than the real thing. This indicates that bullish traders are trying to push the security's price upwards. This pattern should not be confused with the bearish shooting stars pattern, which is at the end an uptrend, or the hanging man pattern. The inverted hammer pattern indicates a possible price change but is not a signal to invest in any particular commodity.

How can I recognize this pattern?

This type of hammer candlestick is formed when bullish traders behave. It causes an asset's price to resist its downward trend, and instead rise significantly over the course a day. Downtrends are when bearish traders dominate markets, prompting bullish trader to attempt a recovery on the next day. An Inverted Hammer pattern is created when bearish traders sentiments are not able to rally effectively. This drives the asset's price upwards.

This is an indicator that the low is close to the open or close. The upper shadow must be twice the length of the actual body, with no or little lower shadows. There should also be a gap in the security price since the close of the previous trading day. The length of an upper shadow could be proportional to the likelihood of a reversal. This may indicate some of the risks that should be considered before trading with this pattern.

This pattern is not as common as other hammer candles, so it should be identified with care to avoid any confusion. CFDs (Contracts For Difference), or spread betting are two common ways to trade in these situations. These two methods, which are derivative-based, allow traders to place bets on the rise or fall in security prices.

After identifying an inverted hammer pattern, there are benefits and risks to trading shares. These are:

Advantages -

  • Entry Points: To reap the full benefits of the bullish reversal, it is a good idea to begin trading as soon as the inverted hammer has been identified. This is especially true if the pattern triggers an asset value increase.
  • Easy Identification: This is due to the stringent criteria that it must meet to be recognized, such as the proportionality of shadow length and real body length, as well as the location within a trend line.


  • It may not indicate long-term changes: Although an inverted hammer candlestick identification can lead to an upward trend, it is unlikely that this trend will continue for extended periods. The security price could fall if buyers cannot sustain their market power.
  • It only provides a limited view of market behavior: Inverted hammer patterns, while one of many candlestick patterns used to forecast market behavior, are just one. Relying on these patterns alone, without taking into account other indicators and the prevailing conditions, could lead to negative outcomes.


The inverted hammer pattern can be a good indicator for increasing buyer confidence in certain cases. However, it is important to look at other technical indicators and to follow basic principles when investing to avoid negative outcomes. In some cases, it may be a good entry signal. Waiting for confirmation signals significantly decreases your chances of maximising returns. The pattern conditions may also not last for long periods.

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