All day I scan the charts looking for technical patterns to trade, both to the long and short sides. My Trending123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia is one useful tool I have to scan the markets quickly, and it is showing two technical events in these bank stocks for traders to take advantage of.
Buy the Bullish Continuation Diamond
The price has broken upward out of a consolidation period, suggesting a continuation of the prior uptrend. The pattern begins during a downtrend as prices create higher highs and lower lows in a broadening pattern. Then the trading range gradually narrows after the highs peak and the lows start trending upward. When the price breaks upward out of the diamond’s boundary lines, it marks the resumption of the prior uptrend.
Recommendation: Buy BAC for a $14.00 – $14.40 target, with an $11.47 stop.
Short the Diamond Top
The price seems to have reached a top, showing signs of reversal as it has broken downward after a period of uncertainty or consolidation. The diamond top pattern begins during an uptrend as prices create higher highs and lower lows in a broadening pattern. Then the trading range gradually narrows after the highs peak and the lows start trending upward. When the price breaks downward out of the diamonds boundary lines, it marks a significant reversal to a new downtrend.
Recommendation: Short MTB for a $91.00 – $93.00 target, with a $104.57 stop.
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