Heikin Ashi Candlesticks

Heikin Ashi candlesticks filter out market noise from the traditional Japanese candlestick chart and highlight trend and/or consolidation patterns.

Heikin Ashi Candlestick Formula

Heikin-Ashi Candlesticks are calculated using smoothed values for Open, High, Low and Close:

  • Heikin-Ashi Close is the average of Open, High, Low and Closing Price for the period.
  • Heikin-Ashi Open is the average of the Heikin Ashi Open and Close for the previous candle.
  • Heikin-Ashi High is the highest of three points for the current period:
    • The High
    • Heikin-Ashi Open
    • Heikin-Ashi Close
  • Heikin-Ashi Low is the lowest of three points for the current period:
    • The Low
    • Heikin-Ashi Open
    • Heikin-Ashi Close

Heikin Ashi Trading Signals

Signals should be interpreted in the same way as on traditional candlestick charts. Long candles indicate a strong trend, while doji candles (and spinning tops) indicate consolidation that may warn of a reversal.

Long Lines

candlestick long lines

The long white line is a sign that buyers are firmly in control - a bullish candlestick.
A long black line shows that sellers are in control - definitely bearish.

Marubozu Candlesticks

marubozu candlesticks

Marubozu are even stronger bull or bear signals than long lines as they show that buyers/sellers have remained in control from the open to the close — there are no intra-day retracements.

Doji Candlesticks

doji candlesticks

The doji candlestick occurs when the open and closing price are equal.

An open and close in the middle of the candlestick signal indecision. Long-legged dojis, when they occur after small candlesticks, indicate a surge in volatility and warn of a potential trend change. 4 Price dojis, where the high and low are equal, are normally only seen on thinly traded stocks.

Heikin Ashi Compared to Traditional Candlesticks

Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) Pivot Point is first plotted with weekly Heikin-Ashi candlesticks.

Heikin Ashi vs Japanese Candlestick

And then with traditional Japanese candlesticks (weekly).

Japanese Candlestick vs Heikin Ashi

Heikin-Ashi candlesticks give a clearer depiction of the trend from late October 2014 and also of resistance at the $100 mark. Narrow consolidation below resistance is a bullish sign.


  1. Select Indicators in the chart menu.
  2. Select Heikin-Ashi Candlesticks in the left column of the Indicator Panel.
  3. Select Daily or Weekly candles.
  4. Save indicator to the right column [>>].

See Indicator Panel for further directions.