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Ford Motor In High Spirits

08/12/09 10:12:07 AM
by Chaitali Mohile

After struggling for almost nine years, Ford has surged into a bullish region.

Security:   F
Position:   Buy

According to the monthly chart in Figure 1, Ford Motor Co. (F) began its bullish journey in 1993 from $5 and made an all-time high in 1999-2000 at $32.50. Thereafter, the stock lost its entire gains of the past few years. The corrective rally dragged F back to its original level at $5, but the bloodshed continued. The stock formed lower lows and lower highs, forming a descending channel in Figure 1. The average directional movement index (ADX) (14) was highly overheated in 1999-2000, when the stock was at its peak. The overheated uptrend thus reversed, generating a bearish rally. Since then, the downtrend turned stronger. The descending channel's bullish breakout gave birth to a fresh uptrend after a period of nine years (see the green arrow). We can see that the channel broke at $5 and soon reached the $7.50 level. This robust breakout cannot be ignored.

FIGURE 1: F, MONTHLY. The stock drifted even below the historical low. The descending channel broke upward, generating fresh demand in the market. The fresh uptrend was developed after a long period.
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On the weekly chart in Figure 2, the stock has surged above the 200-day moving average (MA) resistance. Earlier, F failed to breach the same resistance in 2008 due to the weak bullish trend. The relative strength index (RSI) (14) that was unable to move above 60 levels plunged to an oversold zone. But the current situation is different; the RSI (14) slipped into an overbought area during the 200-day MA breakout. The momentum indicator is likely to move straight in the bullish zone. The ADX (14) is suggesting a developing uptrend above the 25 levels. Thus, fresh buying opportunities have been opened for long-term traders.

FIGURE 2: F, WEEKLY. The black arrows show the two lower lows and a higher low.
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Before the actual breakout, F consolidated under the 200-day MA resistance and formed a short-term bullish continuation pattern. The consolidation, after an exclusive advance rally, constructed a bullish flag & pennant pattern in Figure 2. The pattern has already broken in the bullish direction and hit a 52-week high as well, and thus the breakout is highly reliable. The minimum estimated level for the breakout rally would be 6.50 - 1.50 = 5 + 6.50 = 11.50. The long positions could be held till it hits the target of $11.50.

FIGURE 3: F, DAILY. The bullish flag & pennant pattern breakout.
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Similarly, on the daily time frame in Figure 3 the flag & pennant formation is visible, which has already broken upward. The bullish moving average crossover, the marked circle, strengthens the prebreakout rally. The crossover gathered the bullish sentiments required for the pattern breakout. The RSI (14) sustained above the 50 level, indicating bullish force, and the ADX (14) that turned weak during the consolidation phase ultimately developed an uptrend. Currently, F is marginally moving sideways after the breakout, but the bullishness of the rally would be sustained.

Thus, the trading setup in F for long-term as well as short-term investors is most suitable and reliable.

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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