All day I scan the charts looking for technical patterns to trade–and after last week’s selloff, housing-related stocks are looking pretty bad. My Trending 123 Pattern Scan powered by Recognia is one useful tool I have to scan the markets quickly, and it is showing three technical events you should have a look at in this area.
Head and Shoulders Top
Click to Enlarge Beazer Homes (BZH) is showing a head and shoulders top, one of the easiest patterns to distinguish. The price seems to have reached the end of a period of “distribution” at the top of a major uptrend; the break down through support signals a reversal to a new downtrend. The head and shoulders top is created by three successive rallies in the price following a significant uptrend. The highest high (head) is in the middle, flanked by two lower highs (shoulders) at roughly the same level. Volume is highest as the price makes the first two rallies, then diminishes through the right shoulder. Finally volume surges as the price closes below the neckline (drawn between the two lows) to confirm the reversal.
Open Price: $17.46
Downside Target: $13.50 – $14.40
Click to Enlarge MDC Holdings (MDC) has developed a diamond top over the past 131 days–making this a long-term pattern. 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.
Open Price: $31.25
Downside Target: $22.00 – $25.00
Click to Enlarge Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) is showing an intermediate-term triple top that has developed over the past 21 days.
Open Price: $5.40
Downside Target: $5.05 – $5.20
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