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European Telecom Giant Shows A Mature Basing Pattern

11/30/04 09:42:25 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

Deutsche Telekom is a huge international player in the wireless market, with international holdings that include T-Mobile in the US.

Security:   DT
Position:   Buy

Too often, traders are reluctant to look at monthly charts, but they can show compelling long-term patterns as illustrated here. This chart aptly reflects the plight of the prior meltdown for the world's high-tech players. From a high near $90, the stock plummeted to below $20 and stayed there for the better part of four years.

Now the stock appears to be emerging from a long basing pattern: the longer the basing pattern, the bigger the eventual move. The pattern is a version of the more familiar cup with handle pattern. In this case, it is a saucer with handle pattern with an elongated shape.
The breakout could be appearing now, with relative higher volume compared to recent months. Next month's volume should be higher if this indeed is a breakout move. Note how this is the first close above the 50-period exponential moving average (EMA) since the dismal downturn.

Figure 1: Deutsche Telekom. This monthly chart suggests the possible breakout of a lengthy basing pattern.
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Indicators worth commenting on begin with the topmost indicator being the average directional movement index (ADX) / directional index (DI) components of the directional movement indicator (DMI). The DIs are in a bullish position, with a hint of the ADX line moving up to build trend strength. Should the ADX move in between the DI, the promise of a very powerful move would be indicated.

The lower indicators all show their own bullish turns, and of particular importance is the Chaikin money flow indicator. This buying/selling pressure indicator shows an obvious shift to the bullish side, clearly showing a switch to buying pressure and interest.

Preliminary targets are shown on the chart. The $26 area represents an area of previous support and resistance. The higher target of about $32 also represents a similar area of previous congestion. Once these levels are turned to future support areas, much higher levels are possible. Could this coincide with the next big wireless wave north? Only time will tell.

Gary Grosschadl

Independent Canadian equities trader and technical analyst based in Peterborough
Ontario, Canada.

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