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Lexmark Resumes Upward Track

10/04/07 11:36:23 AM
by Chaitali Mohile

After forming a strong bottom, the security is set to move toward its old highs.

Security:   LXK
Position:   Buy

Lexmark Inernational (LXK) has been in a strong downtrend for the past few years. The stock, which was worth $95 in 2004, hit a low of $40 by 2006, though it recovered somewhat up to $75 later that year. The stock was unable to sustain above the 50-day moving aveage support and within a month was on its way back down. In Figure 1, the 50-day moving average has sloped down steeply, and so has the price. There is a small gap down too. Since August 2007 and mid-September, the stock has moved sideways in range of 38-35, instead of moving down. That points toward the bottom formation after a slump.

The average directional movement index (ADX) (14) is above 20, indicating a developing uptrend. The positive directional index (+DI) has moved above the negative directional index (-DI) and also moved ahead of ADX. The relative strength index (RSI) (14) is in the overbought zone, reconfirming the bullish pressure to uphold the uptrend. More buyers' pressure is likely to come. The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) (12,26,9) has been positive since August and is now moving in positive territory. Lexmark can be definitely bought at current levels with the target of previous highs.

FIGURE 1: LXK, DAILY. Lexmark has formed a strong bottom for the upside rally. The vertical move has turned the 50-day moving average resistance to support and the stock is now heading toward its old highs.
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On the weekly chart in Figure 2, the RSI (14) is offering a good buying opportunity with this rally. The indicator has recently moved out of the oversold zone and turning positive on long side trades. The ADX (14) had begun declining along with -DI. Though the uptrend is not indicated, the downtrend is likely to weaken further. The MACD (12,26,9) is ready for a bullish crossover, so the indicators are supporting the recent buying in Lexmark Int'l. In Figure 2, the security has just broken out of the consolidation range. Apart from the 50-day moving average resistance, the bull's path seems to be smooth enough to reach its target.

FIGURE 2: LXK, WEEKLY. The RSI (14) has moved out of its oversold area, opening fresh buying opportunities. The downtrend is about to weaken further with a declining ADX (14), therefore supporting an upward rally.
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The bottom formation has accumulated fuel required for rocketing Lexmark to its previous highs.

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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