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A Big Bang By Cisco

07/24/09 02:24:53 PM
by Chaitali Mohile

Cisco breached a major resistance after a gap up followed by a bullish reversal candlestick pattern.

Security:   CSCO
Position:   Buy

Cisco Systems (CSCO) witnessed a wide trend reversal situation during the bullish rally. The stock rallied upward in highly volatile conditions due to the shaky trend. The average directional movement index (ADX) (14) in Figure 1 failed to surge above 20 levels with equal buying and selling pressure. The positive directional index (+DI) and the negative directional index (-DI) converged frequently, generating a huge pressure on the rally. The unstable moving average convergence/divergence (MACD (12,26,9) in positive territory indicated the volatile trading sessions. CSCO had a tough time at $20. The negative divergence of the full stochastic (14,3,3) stalled the rally at $20, and CSCO plunged to the nearest support at $18-$17.5.The new resistance ($20) was challenged twice, but the weak indicators suspended the rally, dragging it lower to the support.

The rally that began in early July was loaded with bullish strength, contradictory to the previous one. The white bullish candles are the highlights of the rally. By gapping upward, CSCO encouraged the buyers to reenter the stock. Therefore, the stock surged consecutively for three days on higher volume and breached the robust resistance at $20. The three bullish days formed a bullish reversal candlestick pattern -- three white soldiers. The buying pressure increased and the ADX (14) also surged above the 20 level. Hence, the weak trend reversed to a developing uptrend. Currently, the stochastic oscillator and the moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) (12,26,9) are bullish. In Figure 1, all the white candles are indicating consistent strength in the rally. Therefore, traders can initiate new long trades near $21 and enjoy the ride.

FIGURE 1: CSCO, DAILY. The three white soldiers candlestick pattern has closed above the resistance at $20.
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On the weekly chart in Figure 2, the bullish rally in March began with the strong bullish notes. The rectangular box shows two candles with two different patterns. The bearish doji with a small lower shadow and long upper shadow is an inverted hammer -- a bullish reversal pattern, indicating the end of an existing bearish trend. The second long bullish candle has hugged the earlier inverted hammer along with the shadows, forming a bullish engulfing pattern. Thus, the two bullish reversal candlestick patterns initiated the robust upward rally. Accordingly, the ADX (14) went through a downtrend reversal with a spurt in the buying pressure, and the MACD (12,26,9) gradually turned positive as CSCO moved higher. In addition, the oversold stochastic (14,3,3) surged above the 20 level, inviting fresh buying opportunities at the bottom of the rally ($14).

FIGURE 2: CSCO, WEEKLY. An inverted hammer and the bullish engulfing pattern initiated the fresh upward rally in early March. The rally saturated near the descending trendline resistance.
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During the corrective phase, the stock formed lower highs. A descending trendline joining these lower tops is extended right in Figure 2. The rally slowed near the trendline resistance and consolidated in a wide range between $18 and $20. But we can see that the large bullish candle has engulfed a few small bearish candles, suggesting developing bullish strength. In addition, the candle breached the trendline resistance. Thus, the breakout has converted the strong resistance to support. The bullish opening on July 20 above the newly formed support reconfirmed the breakout. The shaky stochastic oscillator has moved vertically upwards with the support of 50 levels. In addition, the MACD (12,26,9) is likely to shift in positive territory and the ADX (14) is reflecting a developing uptrend above 20 levels.

Thus, the robust breakout of CSCO is reconfirmed. The stock is likely to flow along with the current market conditions. Triggering new long positions at current levels can lead to an attractive profit.

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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