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HEAD & SHOULDERS


Adobe's Massive Head-and-Shoulders

08/04/05 01:21:08 PM
by Arthur Hill

While the Nasdaq moved higher over the last few months, Adobe (ADBE) has languished and formed a large bearish reversal pattern.

Security:   ADBE
Position:   Sell

Nasdaq moved to a new high for the year on Tuesday, but ADBE remains well below its 2005 high. You do not need a price relative chart comparing ADBE with Nasdaq to figure out that Adobe is underperforming. The discrepancy is blatant -- a 2004 leader has become a 2005 laggard.

The price pattern over the last eight months looks like a large head-and-shoulders reversal. The left shoulder formed in Dec-04, the head in Mar-05 and the right shoulder in May-05. The neckline slopes down and marks support between 25 and 26. The downward sloping neckline reflects the lower lows over the last few months and these show increased selling pressure.

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Graphic provided by: Reuters Data.
 
I am more inclined to mark support around 26-27. This is confirmed by the last three reaction lows. A move below the low of the support zone would be enough to confirm the head-and-shoulders and target further weakness towards the next support level around 20.

Momentum confirms weakness. MACD formed a large negative divergence in April and moved below its signal line in mid-April. The indicator has trended lower for thrree and a half months and recently crossed into negative territory. As long as MACD remains below its signal line, the outlook is for further weakness. A move above the signal line would give ADBE and the head-and-shoulders a reprieve.



Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill is currently editor of TDTrader.com, 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 Stockcharts.com and the main contributor to the ChartSchool.

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