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Signs Of Accumulation In Millennium

05/31/05 09:47:39 AM
by Arthur Hill

Millennium has been in the dog house since January 2004, but some key volume indicators show buying pressure over the last three months.

Security:   MLNM
Position:   Accumulate

The first indicator is candle volume. The width of the candlestick reflects the volume. High-volume days are wider than low volume days. The color of the candlestick reflects the change from day to day. Red candlesticks show a net loss on the day and black candlesticks show a net gain. Stocks that show accumulation should sport wide black candlesticks and thin red candlesticks.

The widest candlestick is red and formed on March 8 (blue arrow). This certainly shows selling pressure on high volume, but also marks a capitulation. The candlestick formed a long lower shadow (intraday low) and marked a three-month low. The high volume indicates a selling climax, and this low held again in early April.

Figure 1: Millennium
Graphic provided by: MetaStock.
Graphic provided by: Reuters Data.
The advance in early April occurred on expanding upside volume. There are a number of wide black candlesticks in April (gray box), and these all occurred on relatively high volume. The stock peaked on April 26 and the decline over the last few weeks occurred on lower volume than the prior advance. Less volume on the downside shows weaker selling pressure.

And finally, two key volume indicators confirm candle volume as the accumulation-distribution line and on-balance volume (OBV) moved higher over the last few weeks. OBV bottomed in early April and formed a higher low in May. The accumulation-distribution line bottomed in mid-April and moved to a new high for 2005. Something is happening here, and traders should look for a break above the late April high for confirmation.

Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill is currently editor of, a website specializing in trading strategies, sector/industry specific breadth stats and overall technical analysis. He passed the Society of Technical Analysts (STA London) diploma exam with distinction is a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Prior to TD Trader, he was the Chief Technical Analyst for and the main contributor to the ChartSchool.

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