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HEAD & SHOULDERS


Weyerhaeuser Lagging

10/10/05 08:22:12 AM
by Arthur Hill

Weyerhaeuser has been underperforming the broader market and formed a bearish reversal pattern over the last 12 months.

Security:   WY
Position:   Hold

Relative performance often foreshadows absolute performance. Stocks that outperform the overall market are deemed healthy and more likely to rise. Stocks that underperform are unhealthy and more likely to fall. Everyone wants a winner and relative performance separates the winners from the losers.

FIGURE 1: WY. In this chart of Weyerhaeuser, we can see that a head-and-shoulders reversal has taken shape over the last 12 months.
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On Figure 1, we can see that the price relative is in a steady downtrend and moved to a 52-week low in September (gray oval). WY has been holding up relatively well on the price chart, but it is clear from the price relative that there were better gains to be had elsewhere. Relative weakness is a negative that could lead to absolute weakness.

A head-and-shoulders reversal has taken shape over the last 12 months. The left shoulder peaked in December 2004, the head in April 2005, and the right shoulder in July 2005. Neckline support is set at 61.77 and a break below this level would confirm the pattern. The downside projection would be to around 52.

It ain't broken until it's broken. As long as neckline support holds, the stock is technically flat with support around 62 and resistance at 70. Waiting for confirmation increases the chances of success. Those looking for an earlier signal can turn to the May 2004 trendline and August low (63.3). A break below these two would forge a lower low and increase the odds of a neckline break.



Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill is currently editor of TDTrader.com, 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 Stockcharts.com and the main contributor to the ChartSchool.

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