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Another Look At Amazon

09/29/15 12:49:17 PM
by Koos van der Merwe

How successful is a double top formation?

Security:   AMZN
Position:   Sell

A double top formation appears as an 'M' on a chart. They are very popular but often may be mislabeled and misinterpreted. In any uptrend, after a market reaction, each new wave that forms appears to be making a double top, but often there is no evidence pointing to the formation. Nine times out of ten, the primary trend will remain in force and prices will simply go on and make new highs. The only time a double top is confirmed is when the valley, that is the downside of the 'M' formation, is broken.

Figure 1. Daily chart showing the possible double top ('M') formation.
Graphic provided by: AdvancedGET.
The chart in Figure 1 is a daily chart of Amazon showing the 'M' formation, double top that has formed. This will only be confirmed as a sell should the price fall below the valley, at $452.57. Should this happen, the formation suggests a target to the downside to $324.49. (580.65-452.57=128.08. 452.57-128.08=324.49). With the current negativity in the market this is indeed possible. However, one should look at other indicators before making a final decision.

Figure 2. Daily chart with Elliott wave count.
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The chart in Figure 2 is another daily chart with an Elliott wave count suggesting that Amazon could be in a WAVE 5 up with a target of either $583.82 or $666.23. However the Probability Index (PTI) is at 19, which is very low, suggesting that this is unlikely to happen. Do notice the JM internal band buy on August 27th. A JM internal band is a 15 period simple moving average offset by 2% positive and 2% negative. A move above the upper band suggests a buy and below the lower band a sell as shown on the chart. The price currently is flirting with the lower band but has not given a sell signal. Do note the RSI indicator which is still trending upwards and the ADX/DMI indicator where the blue line has not broken below the red line suggesting a sell. Volume presently is below average.

Figure 3. Weekly chart suggesting weakness ahead.
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The chart in Figure 3 is a weekly chart with an Elliott wave count suggesting that the share price could be in a Wave v of WAVE V. Note the RSI indicator which gave a SELL signal on August 21st. Also notice the ADX/DMI which is still in buy mode but is suggesting possible weakness ahead. Volume is also below average suggesting weakness as the price rose and fell. The price is still above the JM internal band indicator.

I would not be a buyer of Amazon at present levels, no matter how tempting the share price could be. The 'M' formation could truly form as suggested by the daily and weekly charts. I would prefer to wait until all the buy parameters are met and a clearer market direction is given.

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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