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ANDREWS PITCH-FORK


The Importance Of Pitchfork Analysis For The Oil Services Index

05/02/05 07:57:04 AM
by Kevin Hopson

Pitchfork analysis has been accurate in determining support and resistance levels for the index. Where could prices be headed next?

Security:   OSX
Position:   N/A

The Philadelphia Oil Services Index (OSX) has been in a short-term downtrend since early March. During this time, pitchfork analysis has played a significant role in determining support and resistance levels for the index. For example, note how prices had been contained within the black pitchfork since the beginning of the year (Figure 1). When prices breached the bottom parallel line in mid-March, the index proceeded to find support along the 1B channel line. However, the bottom parallel line of the black pitchfork (broken support) quickly turned into resistance during this relief rally.

In mid-April, prices broke support along the 1B channel line, which means the 2B channel line was the next trendline to come into play. As you can see, prices bounced off this trendline, but broken support (1B channel line) once again acted as resistance during the rally. In addition, the top parallel line of the purple pitchfork (April's downtrend line) converged here, adding to resistance at this level. Since then, the index has proceeded to move below its 100-day exponential moving average (131.82), as well as the 2B channel line.

Figure 1: Oil Services Index. Pitchfork analysis has played a significant role in determining support and resistance levels for the index.
Graphic provided by: StockCharts.com.
 
As a result, the next area of support appears to be the 125 level. This is the site of the index's 200-day exponential moving average (124.76), the 61.8% retracement level from the November 2004 to March 2005 rally (125.05) and the 3B channel line. Because short interest for OSX component companies rose 2.2% last month and the short interest ratio for the group is still sizable at 3.0x average daily volume, the 125 level could act as a good bouncing point if the index continues to pull back.



Kevin Hopson

Kevin has been a technical analyst for roughly 10 years now. Previously, Kevin owned his own business and acted as a registered investment advisor, specializing in energy. He was also a freelance oil analyst for Orient Trading Co., a commodity futures trading firm in Japan. Kevin is currently a freelance writer.

Glen Allen, VA
E-mail address: hopson_1@yahoo.com

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