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FAN LINES


Are you bidding on EBAY?

02/28/02 01:28:12 PM
by Andrew Hetherington

The resilience of eBAY (EBAY) is evident in the chart over the past year. Even in the bad times it flourished. . . somewhat. Now it's time for EBAY to correct.

Security:   EBAY
Position:   N/A

I had been watching this equity when it broke my third fan line and unfortunately I missed shorting it yesterday (February 26, 2002). I chose to short NTAP instead. Although they are both excellent shorts, I prefer to short within the pattern near the top end. Many have lost money while shorting EBAY over the past year or so. The key is in knowing just when to short it. Timing is critical in shorting, so is concentration. My preference is to limit my shorts to one at a time so I'm not distracted.

On the EBAY chart in Figure 1 we have a 5-month head and shoulders pattern. The volume diminishes nicely from the left shoulder towards the right shoulder. It has broken the third fan line 7 days ago at the $55.00 area as well as the neckline. In this example the neckline and the third fan line are in a similar location. Normally, the third fan line will give you an early warning of the ID (impending doom) to come. Trading off of the third fan line can be very profitable, particularly when shorting. After breaking down, there was the typical pullback to the neckline in the $54.00 area on February 26, 2002. This would have been the correct time to short this equity if you hadn't already played it on the break. My expectations are for this to drop to the $43.00 area eventually. If the market conditions improve then this would be a good accumulation place. If conditions remain unclear as they are currently then it will likely drift slightly lower.

Figure 1: Daily chart for EBAY.
Graphic provided by: SuperCharts.
 
In Figure 2 we see how well it has performed over the past four years, maintaining most of its growth in the stock price. However, it has just broken its medium term trend by breaking the 2-year trendline. The weakness will continue. If you plan on bidding for EBAY then watch your support lines and pick a place on the way down, and remain aware of the overall market direction.


Figure 2: Weekly chart for EBAY.




Andrew Hetherington

Classic Dow Theorist who trades as a pure technician, using pattern recognition.

Toronto, Canada

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