|After every big trending move appears the inevitable correction, one that may be a modest retracement before moving ever higher (lower) or, conversely, one that starts a major reversal leading to a strong trend in the opposite direction. The current sell-off in Google Inc. (GOOGL) is looking more and more like a mild correction against the existing trend rather than a shock sell-off leading to a major trend reversal. Here's a closer look (Figure 1).|
|Figure 1. Google Inc. (GOOGL) may be very close to staging a bullish reversal; the stock has been under accumulation for a month and downside momentum is stagnant as a major support test now unfolds.|
|Graphic provided by: InteliCharts.|
|The performance of GOOGL since the major March 2009 lows has been quite good — up nearly five-fold by the time the all-time high of 614.44 was reached on February 26, 2014. The gains were especially good coming out of the June/November 2012 cycle lows, easily outperforming those seen in the Nasdaq 100 (.NDX) and S&P 500 (.SPX) indexes. To say that GOOGL is in a long-term uptrend would be an understatement. Still, this stock corrects back to meaningful support just like any other and the steady but slow bleed-off seen since late February 2014 is now in the midst of its second test of major support at the 200-day exponential moving average (EMA). Several bullish factors suggest the line of least resistance for GOOGL is higher:|
1. The long candle shadows that have now dipped twice below the 200-day EMA imply strong demand near 510.00.
2. The accumulation/distribution oscillator shows steady demand for the stock on the approach toward EMA support.
3. The 14-day ADX (average directional movement index), although still above 30.00, has been moving sideways for the past month.
4. Trading volume shows no sign at all of a major panic during the correction.
|Figure 2. GOOGL has been underperforming the .SPX lately; note that the stock is somewhat non-correlated to the .SPX.|
|Graphic provided by: TradeStation.|
|Graphic provided by: TradeStation RadarScreen.|
|Taken as a whole, what we see here in GOOGL is a large cap issue that appears to be on the radar of the "smart money" crowd for a near-term rally. Going short here would not be a wise idea — look to see how far up GOOGL rallies first and then reassess the technicals to see if you can time a low-risk short. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a big volume, daily bullish reversal candle as the "all clear" signal for bulls to get back on board for a tradable swing move back up toward the 545.00 to 566.00 level in the next couple of weeks. |
You may choose to play this as a stock-only swing trade (using a 60-minute chart to fine-tune your entry) or to get really creative and sell a near term out-of-the-money (OTM) put option at a 500.00 strike price. For a skilled put seller, this could be a great setup, provided you get that initial bullish pop to get the momentum squarely in favor of a rally. Keep your account risk at 1 to 2% maximum and remember to trade wisely until we meet here again.
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