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TLC Laser Eye Centers Looking Like A Rebound

11/23/05 07:56:36 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

Back in the bubble years, this stock traded at $25 and the company changed Tiger Woods' legally blind (without glasses) status to 20/20 vision.

Security:   TLC.TO, TLCV (NASDAQ)
Position:   Accumulate

This Canadian-based company with roots in Toronto has most of its eye vision centers in the US. In Figure 1, we may have what appears to be the formation of a rounded or saucer bottom. Though not as dramatic as a V-bottom, it is still a basing pattern that is starting to look appealing to traders. As is often the case with stocks in a long decline, its 20-period moving average acts as strong overhead resistance. Now that the stock has finally managed to close above this mark, bottom-pickers are moving in. A glance at the abnormally large volume during the last two trading sessions suggests that someone (fundmanager/insider?) is placing their bets.

The stock has risen to a previous congestion zone in the area of the 50-day exponential moving average (EMA) and the $8 mark. As the stochastic oscillator at the bottom of Figure 1 suggests, an overbought situation may be approaching. A hesitation could be in order here at this congestion zone, giving other traders time to mull over taking their own future positions. Should the stock find support from its rising 20-period EMA, an upleg may be under way.

FIGURE 1: TLC. This daily chart of TLC Laser Eye Centers suggests a rounding bottom may be in progress.
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Two other bullish indicators are displayed. At the top of the chart, the directional movement indicator composed of three components has changed to a positive stance. With the DIs or positive/negative directional movement indicators crossing over, the bulls assume the upper hand. Should this evolve into a bigger move, this indicator will eventually assume the ideal stance where the ADX, or average directional index (representing trend strength), moves between the DIs and changes to an upslope. The other bullish sign is the relative strength indicator (RSI), which has now risen above its often key 50 level.

Two upside trading targets are shown via the black arrows. Previous gaps often form support or resistance levels. In this case, the level just above $9 may represent a level of profit-taking for those traders who took early positions. Beyond that, a spike up to the always important 200-day EMA is another area that traders may target.

And yes, more than five years after corrective surgery, Tiger Woods still sees that little white ball with 20/20 vision.

Gary Grosschadl

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

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