|A hammer candlestick forming on abnormally large volume often marks a bottom after a substantial decline. The long tail or lower shadow shows how traders were quick to buy the stock at what was perceived to be bargain basement prices as the stock recovered in the close. The low of the day came at a confluence of support via a previous resistance level from last September -- the often significant 200-day EMA, and the lower median line of the green pitchfork.|
|Several indicators are worth noting. The RSI (relative strength index) and stochastics are both in oversold territory and show early signs of turning up. The CMF or Chaiken Money Flow indicator shows positive divergence to price action. The CMF has not confirmed the lower price move (as compared to last February) with a corresponding move to a new low on the CMF graph. This is bullish.|
|Boeing dives to a possible bottom hammer.|
|Graphic provided by: Stockcharts.com.|
|Confirmation of bullishness comes with a close above the hammer candlestick body and this should also see stochastics rise above the 20 level. Should an upleg ensue, several resistance levels are suggested that bear watching. These are the pitchfork median line (near $41), the 50-day EMA (currently $42.35) and the upper median line (near $43).|
The downward facing pitchfork is a reminder that the trend, as far as the pitchfork is concerned, remains bearish until the upper trendline is surpassed. This suggests that a position here is a short-term accumulation only unless the bulls drive the stock past the upper trendline in a convincing fashion.
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