WHAT DOES BULLISH MEAN IN THE STOCK MARKET?

  • April 3, 2019

Watch our video on the bullish meaning when trading stocks.

Have you ever heard the word bullish? It's a word you're going to hear a lot in the stock market. It's important to know what the different stock market terms mean; especially as a new trader.

The market trades in cycles. As a result, it's going to go up and down. The tug of war between buyers and sellers is what makes the markets go round. That means there are going to be bullish markets, bearish markets and market corrections.

All traders need to know how to identify these different markets as well as how to trade them. That way you can both protect your account and grow your wealth. Take our stock market courses to learn different trading strategies.

BULLISH

Merriam Webster defines bullish as the hopeful rising of prices and/or being optimistic. Everyone loves a rising market. Prices are going up. This means investments are in the green.

It's much easier to trade when the market has a direction, whether it is bullish or bearish. Hence the importance of knowing bullish and bearish trading strategies.

Optimism is key to a rising market. There needs to be a healthy economy along with high investor sentiment. When the news is good, people are more apt to putting their money into the market.

It is important to remember that the more money flowing into the market, the more stock prices are going to rise. As a result, that can cause stocks to become overextended and expensive.

That means a market correction is coming before going bullish again; or a bear market is coming. Hence the importance of knowing how to play the patterns and candlesticks.

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​KNOWING BULLISH CANDLESTICKS

Bullish candlesticks are an important part to trading the stock market. In fact, they tell you how other traders feel about stocks. 

That's important to how you'll trade. Trading is emotional. The two main emotions are greed and fear. Traders capitalize on those emotions; especially if you don't know how to control your emotions.

​You might think that greed would cause the bullish reaction to stocks. However, you could argue that the opposite is true.

You'll find that once you let greed take over, your profits turn to loss. That's why you need to understand what bullish candlesticks look like and mean.

​If you know that, you can spot when other traders are letting greed take over or if they're unsure as to what a stock will do. Doji candlesticks are indecision candles.

However, there are those indecision candles that have a bullish bias to them. As a result, we can't stress enough how important is is to spot bullish candlesticks.

Another very important role candlesticks play is finding support and resistance. Support and resistance is the name of the game when trading. Using candlesticks to help you find those important levels will make you a more successful trader.  

​WHAT ARE BULLISH CANDLESTICK PATTERNS?

Patterns play a large role in trading. There's no crystal ball that can look into the future and tell you what a stock will do. Wouldn't that be nice though?

However, patterns go a long way into giving a clear picture as to stock direction as well as providing support and resistance. 

There are continuation patterns and reversal patterns. Which means you can see bullish continuation as well as reversal patterns. This is great for both swing trading and day trading.

Successfully trading means you need to trade a direction or a trend. It's important to remember that patterns do break down because patterns form within patterns.

For example, you could have an inverse head and shoulders, which is bullish, forming within a descending triangle pattern which is bearish. One of those patterns will ultimately win the tug of war.

So while there isn't a way to guarantee, patterns go a long way in helping to figure out which direction a stock or the market is headed. Hence the importance of knowing how to find patterns and what they mean. Click here to learn more about how to trade bullish and bearish markets.

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​This chart for the S&P futures has a large descending triangle pattern. Inside that pattern an inverse head and shoulders started to form before breaking down into a double bottom which ended up turning into a triple top pattern. The triple top is a bearish reversal pattern. As you can see, the market has taken a bearish bias.

​TRADING STYLES

​When the market or a stock you're looking at takes a bullish bias, that can help to determine how you want to trade.

Swing trading and options trading work best when a strong trend and direction is in place. As a result, knowing what the trend is helps you determine how you're going to trade. 

Certain market conditions make certain trading styles, like swing trading, more difficult. Hence the need to be able to tell when the market is bullish or bearish.

​THE BOTTOM LINE

​Bullish is just one term you need to learn when trading. It might sound overwhelming. However, give yourself the time you need and practice. Before you know it, it'll be second nature to you.

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