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 communications stocks.
Buy the 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 TWC for a $112.00 – $115.00
Short the Bearish Pennant
The price seems to be resuming a sharp decline after taking a brief pause. A bearish pennant pattern occurs during a dynamic market decline, representing a brief period of indecision before running off again in the same direction. The pattern consists of two converging trend lines with diminishing volume, and is confirmed when the price breaks down through the lower boundary to resume the decline.
Recommendation: Short or play puts on P for an $11.70 – $12.40 target in the stock.
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 Open, Parabolic Options and Trending123. Trending123 members receive access to the Trending123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia free as part of their membership.