Forex Terms H

Harami bar. A "wait-and-see" two-day candlestick combination. It consists of two consecutive ranges having opposite directions, but it does not matter which one is first. The second day's range results fall within the previous day's body.

Head-and-shoulders. A bearish reversal pattern that consists of a series of three consecutive rallies, such that the first and third rallies (the shoulders) have about the same height and the middle one (the head) is the highest. The rallies are based on the same support line, known as the neckline. When the neckline is broken, the price target is approximately equal in amplitude to the distance between the top of the head and the neckline.

Hedging. A method used to minimize or eliminate the risk of exchange rate fluctuations.

High-low band. A band created by two winding parallel lines above and below a short-term moving average that borders most price fluctuations. The moving average is based on the high and low prices. The resulting two moving averages define the edges of the band. A close above the upper band suggests a buying signal and a close below the lower band gives a selling signal.

Hoshi (star). A "wait-and see" two-day candlestick combination. It consists of a tiny body that appears the following day outside the original body. It is not important whether the star reaches the previous day's shadows. The direction of the two consecutive ranges is also irrelevant.

Households survey. Consists of the unemployment rate, the overall labor force, and the number of people employed.

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