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Shanda Interactive: A Short Setup

06/11/08 08:21:40 AM
by Mike Carr, CMT

With the market looking vulnerable, an online gaming company based in China is worth looking at as a short candidate.

Security:   SNDA
Position:   Sell

Shanda Interactive (SNDA) is a speculative company with deteriorating technicals. Starting with the weekly chart (Figure 1), we can see that the short-term, two-week moving average has just fallen below the longer-term, 40-week moving average. These time frames are used in the weekly chart to show more data, but traders are more likely to look at 10-day and 200-day moving averages. In the weekly chart, we see that this crossover has been a reliable signal of trend change in the past. The current crossover is accompanied by declining momentum. The momentum of comparative strength indicator is similar to a moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) but allows us to chart relative strength with a timing signal on the stock chart. This indicator shows that momentum, like the moving averages, has just completed a bearish crossover.

FIGURE 1: SNDA, WEEKLY. Momentum, as measured by the momentum of comparative strength (MOCS), is headed lower as the 10-day moving average completes a bearish crossing of the 200-day moving average.
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Turning to the daily chart (Figure 2), we can see that prices are below their 20-day moving average, and the stochastics indicator is bearish. Stochastics turned lower after unsuccessfully attempting to rally from an oversold condition. This behavior is reminiscent of the action in December 2007, when prices were also below their 20-day moving average.

FIGURE 2: SNDA, DAILY. The daily chart of SNDA is also bearish.
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SNDA represents a solid shorting opportunity. Aggressive traders should short the stock immediately. Conservative traders can short below support at 27. The target would be long-term support visible in the weekly chart near 12, although this position would need to use a trailing stop given its long-term volatility. The 20-day moving average provides a reasonable stop-loss level for all traders.

Mike Carr, CMT

Mike Carr, CMT, is a member of the Market Technicians Association, and editor of the MTA's newsletter, Technically Speaking. He is also the author of "Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing," and "Conquering the Divide: How to Use Economic Indicators to Catch Stock Market Trends."

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