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Invitae Corp (NVTA) Prints A Hammer Candle

by Greg Schnell

Invitae Corp is a small biotech that has been in an uptrend since April. Over the last month the stock has pulled back to find support at the recent lows. On Tuesday, Invitae Corp (NVTA) printed a nice hammer candle that you can see in the zoom panel.  With the wide ranging pullback in the overall market, finding strong stocks like this that give an opportunity to pick up on a pull back are nice to watch. If the stock can start to bounce from here, this looks like a nice entry with a stop just below. Here are the three most recent videos I have Read More 

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Using the Measured Move Technique for Citigroup

by Arthur Hill

Citigroup (C) is leading the Financials SPDR (XLF) lower with a lower high in September and a rising wedge break in October. The chart shows weekly bars for Citigroup over the last three years. The stock led the market higher in 2016 and 2017 with a gain exceeding 100% from low to high. This big bank turned into a laggard in 2018 because it never challenged its January high and formed a lower high in September. The summer bounce to the 75 area formed a rising wedge and these patterns are typical for counter trend rallies. C broke the lower trend line and the August low over the last Read More 

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Fortis (FTS) Starts To Move

by Greg Schnell

Fortis is a North American utility company that is set up quite nicely here. The annual dividend is 4%  and the quarterly payment is due in November. This chart intrigues me because the setup across a lot of the pipeline and utility charts is similar. The Relative Strength is breaking a one year down trend. The SCTR ranking has been improving for the last three months and is now at 52 week highs. The down sloping price trend line is being tested today. The Full Stochastics is giving off a particularly nice setup. When the stochastic pulls back from the 80 level and bounces around Read More 

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Is the bond market sending us a message?

by Julius de Kempenaer

When markets are in transition and the bigger picture needs our attention it is always good to keep an eye on the yield curve. The absolute yield levels of the various maturities on the curve, starting at 3-Months all the way out to 20+ years are important to monitor. But what's probably even more important to monitor is the change of the shape of the curve. Relative Rotation Graphs can be of help analyzing the shape and the change in shape of the curve. The picture above shows the rotation of the various maturities around the 3-7 year maturity which is the benchmark (center) for this Read More 

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This Entertainment Leader is Still Crushing It

by Arthur Hill

The S&P 500 fell to its lowest level since early July and pierced its 200-day moving average last week. Chartists looking for stocks that held up better during this decline can use these levels for comparison. Stocks that did not break below their August lows and 200-day moving averages held up better and show relative "chart" strength. The chart below shows Activision Blizzard (ATVI) with a series of higher highs and higher lows over the past year. The stock fell with the rest of the market in early October, but did not even test its August low and did not break the 200-day EMA Read More 

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Revlon Makes A Base For A Fourth Quarter Makeover

by Greg Schnell

Revlon (REV) showed up on the 52 week high scan today. On the chart there were some intra-week moves to higher levels but based on close only daily data, Revlon is pushing up. What is really important is the relative strength of Revlon. While the overall market was dropping quickly, Revlon stock was being bought up. The Relative Strength area chart in purple shows new 52 week highs as well as on the price panel. The SCTR is moving up after being at the bottom of the range. This sort of thrust is usually a helpful indicator of new interest.  With the volume picking up and Read More 

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Ultra Beauty Turns After Pullback

by Arthur Hill

The broad market environment is a bit shaky right now, but Ultra Beauty (ULTA) is holding up relatively well with a normal pullback after a big breakout. First and foremost, the stock is in a long-term uptrend after a breakout, surge and 52-week high in September. Also note that the 50-day EMA is above the 200-day EMA and price is above the rising 200-day EMA. After surging some 25 percent, the stock fell back to the 50-day EMA in early October with a normal pullback. While stocks were falling sharply on Thursday, the stock closed with a small loss and managed to hold above the rising Read More 

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Gold Kicks Up In The Dust Up

by Greg Schnell

$GOLD had a big day on Thursday with a $34 move.   While Gold has been out of favor so long, everyone has ignored it. If you are looking for something moving positive while the market stresses here, Gold related trades might be part of your solution. Good trading, Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA. Read More 

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Japan against the rest of the world!

by Julius de Kempenaer

When markets around the world start to rumble it's usually a good exercise how all these moves compare against one another. The Relative Rotation Graph shows the relative picture for a number of major world equity markets against the Dow Jones World Index as the benchmark. The Indian $NIFTY index is on its way down backed by a long tail that is sending it lower on both axes well inside the weakening quadrant. A similar rotation, albeit with less strength, is visible for the Canadian. The weakest rotation is found for the European $STOXX600 Read More 

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Walmart Makes a Move with Good Volume

by Arthur Hill

Walmart (WMT) is making waves again with a massive breakout in August and a small breakout on Tuesday. WMT underperformed the market the first half of the year with a 25% decline from the January high to the May low. The stock firmed in May, began rising in June and broke resistance in early August. This breakout was solidified with a massive gap on big volume in August 16th. The advance and gap created an overbought condition that needed to be worked off. The stock alleviated this condition with a falling wedge, which acts as a correction or the pause that refreshes. Read More 

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Apache Corp (APA) Tries To Break Out

by Greg Schnell

Apache (APA) has been building a base between $35 and $50. A measured move would suggest a retest of the highs at $66 over the next year. Apache also pays a dividend.  Looking through the technical indicators, the SCTR is showing the highest reading since 2016 and has just moved above $75. The relative strength line looks to make new 52 week highs. The PPO just turned up a few weeks ago with the first positive cross above zero in months. The outlook for both oil and gas is also accelerating and the stock looks to be one of the strongest in the sector. Read More 

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