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It's Time To Exit

10/04/02 01:26:04 PM
by Andrew Hetherington

It is unfortunate for this e-retailer that the expected rebound has come to an end. has bounced up from the $5.51 low of last September to a very respectable and surprising high in May of $20.40.

Security:   AMZN
Position:   N/A

Figure 1: daily chart.

In Figure 1 there is an 11-month head and shoulders pattern that is almost completed. It is currently finishing the right shoulder. This is the point where I prefer to take my short position, at the top of the right shoulder. This head and shoulders top reversal pattern has good volume on the patterns creation diminishing from the left to the right side. The third fan line was broken in July and it is crawling along below the fan line in a trend channel. The second half of the head and shoulders pattern looks like a symmetrical triangle, as is customary. The top line on the channel and the symmetrical triangle are in the $17.50-$18.00 area and this is the optimum shorting position. Confirmation of the upcoming breakdown will come when it drops below this channel in the $16.00 area. The upsloping neckline is in the $14.00 area and this will be the breakout from the head and shoulders pattern.

Figure 2: weekly chart.
Graphic provided by: SuperCharts.
Figure 2 shows a weekly chart with the appearance of a large 2-year head and shoulders bottom reversal pattern. Unfortunately, this pattern does not exist since the volume half of the equation doesn't match the pattern. I've illustrated this weekly chart to warn of the pitfalls of trading within the pattern. If you are trading within the pattern that has not broken out yet, you must be absolutely sure that it will break in the direction you are anticipating. Some believe this head and shoulders will break out topside. However, if you examine the fan lines and the volume and take into consideration the general market trend being down, then you must conclude there will be a downward move. If I were holding this equity in a long position, I would sell into the strength in this area and trade it short. My expectations are that this equity will eventually reach $10.00 on this run down and perhaps go even lower towards the September low if the market continues downward as I expect it will.

Andrew Hetherington

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

Toronto, Canada

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