The Trending123 Pattern Scan has identified these two bullish technical patterns in these three insurance stocks — one that should play out in the next six weeks to nine months, and the other for the near-term. Let these patterns serve as your diving-off point in researching these trades.
Click to Enlarge Bullish Continuation Diamond
Healthcare insurance stock AET has developed a bullish continuation diamond pattern over the past 25 days, which indicates an intermediate-term trade if the pattern is confirmed.
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.
Target Price: $68.20 – $69.10
Click to Enlarge Bull Flag
Independence Holding Company (IHC) is in the life and health insurance business, and has shown a bullish flag pattern over the past 10 days. This is a short-term pattern expected to play out within the next seven days.
The price seems to be resuming a sharp rally after taking a brief pause. A bullish flag pattern occurs during a dynamic market rally, representing a brief pause as the market “catches its breath” before running off again in the same direction. The pattern consists of two parallel trend lines, often sloping downward against the prevailing uptrend, and is confirmed when the price breaks through the upper boundary to resume the rise.
Target Price: $18.00 – $18.80
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