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Using Trendlines To Predict Price Movement

05/03/05 10:51:38 AM
by Kevin Hopson

Trendlines can be used to predict reversal points, as well as breakout points.

Security:   CNR
Position:   N/A

Sometimes the simplest methods can be the most effective for traders. For example, trendlines are one of the oldest tools used in technical analysis. Unfortunately, some traders believe that sophisticated trading models are the only way to beat the market. As a result, they refuse to utilize straightforward techniques such as trendline analysis. However, this method can be a valuable tool for traders whether you are a novice or a professional, and I can prove it.

To illustrate trendline analysis, I am using a chart of CanArgo Energy Corp. (CNR), shown in Figure 1. The first step is to find a series of pivot points (highs/lows) that can be connected to form a trendline. Preferably, you want to find a trendline in the center of the chart. For example, note how I used the middle green trendline (#2) as my starting point. Once you do this, you want to find another trendline that is parallel to the center line. As you can see, the top green trendline (#1) qualified, so I went with this one.

Figure 1: CanArgo Energy. Using the trendline method can be a valuable tool for traders whether you are a novice or a professional.
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When you have two parallel trendlines (or a trading channel), you want to take the distance between the two lines and extend it out. In the case of CanArgo, I drew the new trendline below the center green line. Now you want to find a down trendline and apply the same steps, as illustrated by the red lines. Once you have done this, you can use the new trendlines to determine possible reversal/breakout points. For example, when CanArgo broke above the center red line in mid-February, the top red line was the next area of resistance. As you can see, this trendline acted as a significant reversal point for the stock. As a result, it would have been a good place to sell.

Since then, prices have continued to decline. When CanArgo breached the center green line ($1.30) in early April, the next area of support was the $0.95 to $1.00 range. This was the site of the center red line and the lower green line, which had both converged in this price range. Unfortunately, the stock gapped below this support area late last month, giving another sell signal in the process. This means the bottom red line could be the next downside target for CanArgo.

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.

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