A candle with a tiny body, where the opening and the closing prices are virtually equal, and the tails (top and bottom shadows) are long. 

Doji candle pattern

Variations of Dojis look like a cross, an inverted cross, a plus sign, a T-letter or an inverted T. 

At the end of trends, Dojis can be analysed as a single candlestick pattern. They also can be a part of larger candlestick formations, such as Morning Star, Evening Star, Bullish Abandoned Baby and Bearish Abandoned Baby.


By itself, a Doji is neutral. The way it forms shows indecision between the buyers and the sellers. Occuring after a trend, Doji can signal a reversal:

  • If a Doji forms after a downtrend, it may indicate a reversal upward. 

  • If a Doji forms after an uptrend, it may indicate a reversal downward.    


A non-existent Doji’s body shows that neither buyers or sellers outweigh. The parties are in a “standoff”. So the price does not move.

Dojis are relatively rare and not considered very reliable. 

A Dragonfly Doji is a variation of a Doji, that looks like a letter T.  A Gravestone Doji, just the opposite, is a reversed T-shape. Both signal reversal of the existing trend.  

Dragonfly and Gravestone Doji pattern

Spotting a Doji where a trend might start exhausting itself, be sure to check the confirmation candles that solidify the reversal.

formation Doji
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