It is my understanding that the Heikin-Ashi technique is designed to make candlesticks easier to read. But when I change my chart over to Heikin-Ashi, the actual OHLC data changes. Why? Assume you're using 1 day candle charts. Doesn't a stock open at a given price on a given day? Why would changing the chart type change the actual opening price data? For example: I'm looking at a six month chart of YHOO, with 1 day candles. Look at 4/18/07. With Heikin-Ashi candles, it says: O: 31.7178 H: 31.7178 L: 27.89 C: 28.38 With regular candles, it says: O: 28.42 H: 28.90 L: 27.89 C: 28.31 Uh, ok. So what was the opening price on that day? 31.7178? Or 28.42? Seems like such a substantial difference could cause massively different trading approaches. That's kinda scary. Also, when I turn off Heikin-Ashi, a lot more candlestick patterns appear. There are a lot more hammers and shooting stars and such. With Heikin-Ashi turned on, it seems like it's mostly big filled candles or big empty candles. So even tho they're desinged to make candlestick charts easier to follow, are they really designed to make it harder by masking patterns and making everything look much more trendy than it really is?