What is a long-legged doji candlestick pattern?

The long-legged doji candlestick pattern has both long upper and lower shadows (wicks) and generally has a closing price near where it opened in the time frame of the candle. The long-legged doji candlestick can signal extreme indecision in the current market with a large trading range but no winner between buyer and sellers to move price in one direction. 

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Long-legged Doji image via Wikipedia

This indecision candle can be seen by investors as a signal that there is a high probability of an end to the current trend as traders and investors were unable to keep the price moving in one direction. 

In an uptrending market a long-legged doji can warn of an impending reversal to the downside. In a downtrending market a long-legged doji can signal a potential reversal to the upside. 

Long-legged doji candles can also signal the end of a trend but the beginning of a sideways range bound market as neither buyers or sellers can get the upper hand in bidding a market up or down. (Buyers and sellers are always equal in trading action it is the price that changes and moves based on current bid/ask spreads agreeing to make a trade).

  • Long-legged doji have very long upper and lower wicks and a tiny body with the opening and closing price almost the same.
  • This candle pattern signals indecision.
  • It can be a reversal signal during strong trends. 
  • It can also signal a new range bound market. 
  • Many traders will wait for the next candle on the chart after the long-legged doji to confirm a reversal as it creates a higher probability of success than signaling off just one candle. 
  • It does not always work and can just be a news driven volatility expansion before the existing trend resumes. 
  • The odds of it being a reversal signal are higher when the long-legged doji candle occurs in an uptrend near an overbought reading or it appears in a downtrend near and oversold reading.
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