All day I scan the charts looking for technical patterns to trade. My Trending 123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia is one useful tool I have to scan the markets quickly, and it is showing two polar opposite technical events for these two biotech stocks.
Buy the Symmetrical Continuation Triangle
Click to Enlarge InterMune (ITMN) is a biotech company that develops drugs for pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. Its stock has developed a symmetrical continuation pattern over the past 23 days.
The price has broken upward out of a consolidation period, suggesting a continuation of the prior uptrend. A symmetrical continuation triangle shows two converging trendlines as prices reach lower highs and higher lows. Volume diminishes as the price swings back and forth between an increasingly narrow range, reflecting uncertainty in the market direction. Then well before the triangle reaches its apex, the price breaks out above the upper trendline with a noticeable increase in volume, confirming the pattern as a continuation of the prior uptrend.
Recommendation: Buy ITMN for an $11.10 – $11.30 target.
Short the Top Triangle
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) is a biotech that develops drugs for cancer and immune system ailments, and its stock has developed a top triangle over the past 75 days.
The price seems to have reached a top, showing signs of reversal as it has broken downward after a period of uncertainty or consolidation. A top triangle shows two converging trendlines as prices reach lower highs and higher (or stable) lows. Volume diminishes as the price swings back and forth between an increasingly narrow range reflecting uncertainty in the market direction. Then well before the triangle reaches its apex, the price breaks down below the lower trendline with a noticeable increase in volume, confirming this bearish pattern as a reversal of the prior uptrend.
Recommendation: Short PCYC for a $59.00 – $64.00 target
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