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Trade Of The Day

05/30/00 03:45:02 PM
by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) offered a few good trading opportunities on 5/30/00. Considering that the broader indices were up and QCOM was one of the most actively traded stocks on the Nasdaq, it was certainly one to consider trading.

Security:   QCOM
Position:   Buy

The chart shown below is QCOM's intraday chart for May 30, 2000. The first signs that this stock was entering a profitable play came around 8:00 am (pst), when prices showed signs of reversing above their 15-period moving average (MA). When this happens, I prefer to wait for the MA to display a positive slope. If the MA is sloping up and prices remain above it, it's an indication that a trend is beginning. It's important to determine whether a stock is trending or moving within a trading range since this determines which indicators to use. If the stock displays a potential to trend, I use the moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) indicator.

In the lower pane of the chart you can see the MACD. At around 8:20 am (pst), the MACD line crossed into positive territory, the MA was sloping upward, and prices were well above it. This alerted me to an entry point for a long position.

Using basic indicators such as moving averages can result in profitable trades.
Graphic provided by: MetaStock.
If the moving average started sloping downward, prices fell below it, and the MACD started approaching the zero line, I would have exited my long position. As you can see from the chart, the MA acted as a strong support level with prices bouncing off of it. The MACD also stayed well above the zero line. The exit conditions were not met so I kept my position open. If you like to close all your positions before the market closes, you would have made a substantial profit from one round-trip trade. Or if you had used trailing stops you may have been stopped out of your position. However, you could have reentered the trade once the signals became positive and still ended up with substantial profits.

Utilizing basic principles of technical analysis such as moving averages can result in profitable trades.

Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

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