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Intel Turns Bearish

03/04/04 10:53:15 AM
by Arthur Hill

In an ominous sign for the semi-conductor group and Nasdaq, Intel (INTC) broke double top support and the trend has turned bearish.

Security:   INTC
Position:   Sell

Figure 1: Daily chart of Intel.

The double top took three to four months to form and represents a large distribution. As the pattern unfolded, volume pattern began to favor the bears. Notice that the advances were on relatively low volume (gray arrows) and the declines were on relatively high volume (red arrows). This was a telltale sign that the "smart" money was distributing shares to the "not-so-smart" money. (Note: The gray bars show volume on advancing days and the black bars shows volume on declining days.)

As with most bearish reversal patterns, final confirmation does not come until a support break. For INTC, the December reaction low represents the last bastion of bullish support or the final stand for the forces of demand. Up until late February, the bulls managed to stave off pattern completion, but the big break on high volume (blue arrow) is the straw that broke the double top's back. Supply has officially overpowered demand.

Figure 2: Weekly chart of Intel.
Graphic provided by: MetaStock.
With a trend reversal identified, we can now turn to the weekly chart for some perspective and downside targets. The double top projects further weakness to around 24.5 (34.5 - 29.5 = 5, 29.5 - 5 = 24.5). In addition, a 50% retracement of the prior advance (14.89 to 34.51) would extend to around 24. This area is also confirmed by the trendline extending up from the March low and broken resistance (turned support) around 23. Putting it all together, 23-24 is the downside target zone for Intel over the next few weeks and months.

Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill is currently editor of, a website specializing in trading strategies, sector/industry specific breadth stats and overall technical analysis. He passed the Society of Technical Analysts (STA London) diploma exam with distinction is a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Prior to TD Trader, he was the Chief Technical Analyst for and the main contributor to the ChartSchool.

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