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GLBC Breakout

02/28/11 09:07:57 AM
by Chaitali Mohile

Will the bullish breakout of Global Crossing Ltd. succeed?

Security:   GLBC
Position:   N/A

In April 2010, Global Crossing Ltd. (GLBC) plunged, forming an evening star candlestick pattern near its 200-day moving average (MA) resistance. The bearish reversal candlestick pattern and a negative divergence of the relative strength index (RSI) (14) were indications that GLBC could be dragged lower, which it did. However, the stock stabilized immediately and began recovering the lost levels. The lower highs and higher lows formed a symmetrical triangle on the weekly time frame in Figure 1. The upper trendline and the 200-day MA have descended, generating robust bearish power for the stock to break in an upward direction. While ascending, GLBC established support at the 50-day moving average.

FIGURE 1: GLBC, WEEKLY. The stock has witnessed the bullish breakout.
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Due to the converging trendlines of the symmetrical triangle, we cannot identify the exact breakout direction. Therefore, the trades are placed only after the confirmed breakout. In Figure 1, the symmetrical triangle has breached upwards and has converted resistance to support. Although the bullish breakout has occurred, the volume is not showing much enthusiasm.

The average directional index (ADX) (14) shows a developing uptrend, but the relative strength index (RSI)(14) and moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) (12,26,9) are not convincing. The RSI (14) is fluctuating in the bullish zone. The narrowed gap between the MACD and trigger line are suggesting volatility in the breakout rally.

Usually, the bullish breakout attracts more buyers and increases the strength of the rally. This strength is reflected by the size as well as shapes of the candles. However, the bullish candles in Figure 1 are not reflecting the strength in the GLBC breakout. Therefore, the breakout rally is likely to be a little sluggish.

FIGURE 2: GLBC, MONTHLY. The 50-day MA is the major hurdle to the upward rally.
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Another reason for the weak price action is the 50-day MA resistance on the monthly time frame in Figure 2. This MA resistance has restricted GLBC many times (see arrows). The blue box shows the candlesticks with a small real body and long shadows. This signifies that the price is unable to be sustained at intraday highs and lows. Due to the MA resistance, the current rally is likely to get affected. But a breakout above the 50-day MA could bring about bullish strength in GLBC.

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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