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Bank Index Pullback In Danger

08/24/07 08:38:29 AM
by Chaitali Mohile

The bullish rally after a bullish reversal pattern is under strong resistance. Along with the price, one of the indicators retraces back from its previous high.

Security:   $BKX
Position:   N/A

The Bank Index ($BKX) plunged harder after a bearish moving average (MA) crossover, making a low of 101. The first pullback failed under the resistance of 50-day MA and rallied back to a low pivot at 101, forming a double bottom. A double bottom is a bullish reversal pattern, indicating a bullish rally to begin soon. With this reversal pattern, the index was able to rally back to a 50-day MA resistance, but the $BKX had dual hurdles at almost the same level. First was the 50-day MA resistance, and the other was the previous high. Though the index had a bullish reversal pattern on Figure 1, it lacked positive strength to carry forward the upside rally. Above the 50-day MA, the 200-day MA is the next resistance, but the gap between them is $5, and that can be achieved if the index gets positive support.

FIGURE 1: $BKX, DAILY. The bullish rally after the double bottom faced the 50-day MA and previous high resistance. The positive market participants and bullish technical indicators helped a price breakout.
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The relative strength index (RSI)(14) corrected three times from the 50 level. It failed to get the golden support required for the bullish rally. The bearish crossover of MAs only pulled the RSI (14) marginally in the oversold zone, but recovered quickly. However, it could not break through the 50 level and retraced back. With the double bottom, the RSI (14) surged, moving above the 50 level. The indicator's fourth attempt really needed a close watch as the RSI again tipped down; in addition, the price is under strong resistance.

Second, the moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) (12,26,9) has a bullish crossover but is in the negative area. So it has to come back fast to add the technical strength to the pullback rally

Bank of America (BAC) had to bear the burns of strong resistance in this index. The BAC had a good gap up, breaking above the 200-day MA resistance. The doji candle that formed indicated indecision, but the stock held at the 200-day MA, which turned into strong support. With $BKX under strong resistance, Bank of America also failed to continue the bullish breakout of resistance. The bearish candle in Figure 2 indicates weakness and lack of confidence among traders.

FIGURE 2: BAC, DAILY. The bullish RSI (14) and positive MACD (12,26,9) helped price move above the 200-day MA. To sustain above this support, a Bank Index contribution is required.
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Both indicators on the daily chart of Bank of America show bullish indication. The strong move in $BKX may pull BAC higher as well. Traders need to be patient till the Banking Index picks up speed.

Chaitali Mohile

Active trader in the Indian stock markets since 2003 and a full-time writer. Trading is largely based upon technical analysis.

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