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The Breakout Of MSPD

09/29/10 02:47:39 PM
by Chaitali Mohile

The breakout is likely to initiate the new trend reversal rally for MSPD.

Security:   MSPD
Position:   Buy

Mindspeed Technology (MSPD) was in an intermediate downtrend. A descending channel in Figure 1 shows the stock's descending journey in the bearish trend. The channel was formed due to the lower lows and lower highs in the price rally. MSPD has moved perfectly within the channel, opening smaller buying and selling opportunities between the two trendlines. The breakout of the descending channel in an upward direction is a major bullish trend reversal but the bearish force would enhance in case the channel breaches down. MSPD moved in the descending channel for about five months. The relative strength index (RSI) (14) was range-bound between the 50 and 30 levels, indicating a bearish strength in the downside rally. The average directional index (ADX) (14) indicated the developing downtrend and enforced the bearish strength in the rally. The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) (12,26,9) was volatile in negative territory.

FIGURE 1: MSPD, DAILY. The descending channel is breached upward, initiating the fresh bullish rally and the new uptrend.
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The descending upper trendline, the 50-day, and the 200-day MA intercepted at one point, gathering a huge bearish pressure at that level. However, the technical picture in Figure 1 gradually changed as the price approached this resistance level. MSPD marginally consolidated before breaching the resistance level at 7.55. Meanwhile, the RSI (14) surged above 50 levels, the MACD (12,26,9) ascended after a bullish crossover in negative territory, and the ADX (14) developed a fresh uptrend by surging above 20 levels (see the marking in Figure 1). Thus, the bullish sentiments resulted in a bullish breakout of the descending channel as well as the MAs. After the breakout, the stock immediately retraced to test the newly formed supports.

The two white candles in Figure 1 are followed by three red candles. The candlesticks show two strong bullish sessions and three bearish days that engulfed the previous gains of the breakout rally. Since the uptrend was getting stronger as the ADX (14) climbed higher above 20 levels, the price resumed the breakout journey before resting on the support (see small bullish doji). Thus, the bullish force was reflected on the entire daily chart in Figure 1, indicating the successful rally ahead.

FIGURE 2: MSPD, MONTHLY. The indicators on the chart show the possibility of the bullish breakout of the flag & pennant formation.
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The monthly chart in Figure 2 gave a long-term perspective for MSPD. A bullish flag & pennant, a bullish continuation pattern, is formed in Figure 2. The RSI (14) has established support at 50 levels and is tipped up to begin another upward move. The ADX (14) has marginally dipped below the 20 levels; however, the buying pressure is huge. Therefore, the indicators are showing significant bullish strength that would help bullish breakout of the continuation pattern. Currently, the flag & pennant has not broken, so traders need not rush to trigger the long-term buy setup. The confirmed breakout above $9 and a developing uptrend breakout would be the favorable conditions for fresh long positions. The minimum estimated levels for the long-term traders and investor would be 10 - 1 = 9 (length of the flag pole) + 9 (breakout level) = 18.

Thus, the bullish breakout of the descending channel has generated bullish sentiments and is ready to develop a robust uptrend for MSPD.

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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