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Canfor Corporation Tries a Bounce

03/13/03 08:58:13 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

This Canadian forest products company is trying a bounce off trendline support.

Position:   Buy

Canfor Corporation ( came down quickly after falling through its 200-day EMA. This also could have been considered a descending triangle failure. Their 5-month chart shows a move down to a lower trendline and a likely bounce via a possible bottom hammer signal. Ideally, volume should have been higher, perhaps resulting in a slower confirmation-- taking longer than one day to confirm. The confirmation came on the second day, with a close above the hammer candlestick.

Several indicators add weight to this bullish move. MACD (moving average convergence/divergence), RSI (relative strength index) and stochastics all show a move up from oversold conditions. Ideally these indicators will continue their ascent with bullish price action resulting in the MACD line crossing over its signal line, RSI rising above 50 and stochastics rising above its 20 level. Failure to do this could represent a stalled move...something to watch for and consider.

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I am showing a target zone encompassing a gap area and 200-day EMA which covers $8.90 - 9.04. Further bullishness could also bring the stock up to test the upper trendline at the $9.35 level. Watch for reversal signs at or near those areas as a guide going forward. Should this move fail very early, an initial stop-loss at $7.99 is prudent and this should be raised as a trailing stop until the market takes you out for a profit, ideally at the target zone or higher. Liquidity is not great and this adds an element of additional risk.

Gary Grosschadl

Independent Canadian equities trader and technical analyst based in Peterborough
Ontario, Canada.

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