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A Look At Alcoa, Inc.

07/15/14 04:31:34 PM
by Koos van der Merwe

When a stock keeps rising, when do you know to take profits?

Security:   AA
Position:   Sell

Alcoa Inc. (AA) is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum serving many industries. The company also markets consumer brands. The share price has vacillated a great deal, reaching a high of $49 in July 2007 and a low of $5.22 by March 2009. Is this a share you should place on your watch list?

Figure 1. Monthly chart with Elliott Wave count.
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The chart in Figure 1 is a monthly chart showing how AA rose from a low of $6.19 in October 1990 to a high of $46 by May 2001. The share price then fell to a low of $17.72 by October 2002. An Elliott Wave count suggests that the share price is in a Wave 3 bull trend, but the relative strength index (RSI) is at overbought levels suggesting that a correction could occur in the months ahead. The RSI must turn down and give a sell signal by breaking below the 70 horizontal line. This could take many months which will allow the price to test the April 2011 resistance of $18.59. The target for Wave 3 is $20.81 should the wave count be correct. A wave 3 should equal a Wave 1 (18.59 - 5.32 = 13.27. 7.54 + 13.27 = 20.81). You must keep in mind that the Elliott Wave is a signpost in the wilderness and can change direction at any moment.

Figure 2. Weekly chart showing possible cup & handle formation developing.
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The weekly chart in Figure 2 suggests that a cup & handle formation could be developing. The price need not necessarily rise to the $18.59 level, but could start turning down now, forming a handle (resistance level). The candlestick formation is suggesting a doji, which indicates uncertainty, and with the RSI at overbought levels (a sell signal has not been given) we could see the share moving down forming the handle. When the share breaks above the handle then the formation will suggest a buy.

Figure 3. Daily chart suggesting an Elliott Wave top.
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The chart in Figure 3 is a daily chart with an Elliott Wave count suggesting a WAVE V top. This is confirmed by the RSI indicator which gave a sell signal on January 24, 2014. What is concerning about the chart is the Elliott Wave rule that a wave 5 should be equal to a wave 1. As you can see from the chart, WAVE V is a great deal larger than WAVE I, suggesting that the count could be incorrect. Time will tell. Should WAVE V be correct, then we could expect a correction to the 4th wave of lesser degree, that is, somewhere between $13.03 and $13.91. Note the long legged doji candlestick formation suggesting uncertainty.

I would not be a buyer of AA at the moment, but would wait for the correction to somewhere between $13.03 to $13.91.

Koos van der Merwe

Has been a technical analyst since 1969, and has worked as a futures and options trader with First Financial Futures in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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