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1 Stock to Buy, 1 Stock to Short: Chemical

These chemical stocks offer opposite opportunities


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 stocks.

Buy the Continuation Diamond

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Eastman Chemical Co.
(EMN) has developed a bullish continuation diamond over the past 70 days.

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 EMN for a $82.00 – $84.00 target

Short the Top Triangle

Westlake Chemical Corp. (WLK) has developed a bearish top triangle pattern over the past 53 days.

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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 WLK for a $70.00 – $74.00 in the intermediate term (six weeks to nine months).


InvestorPlace advisor John Lansing tracks the charts all day and offers expert technical analysis in his day trading, options and trading services: Power Trading at the OpenParabolic Options and Trending123.  Trending123 members receive access to the Trending123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia free as part of their membership. For more information on which service is for you click here.

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