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Procter & Gamble's Massive Triangle

08/31/05 09:18:56 AM
by Arthur Hill

After moving from 40 to 55, Procter & Gamble met resistance and formed a large consolidation for the past year. The subsequent breakout will dictate the next move.

Security:   PG
Position:   Hold

On the price chart, Procter & Gamble (PG) has traded on either side of 55 at least 13 times since June 2004 (Figure 1). The gyrations widened in late 2004 and contracted in 2005. The pattern since January 2005 looks like a large triangle. If combined with 2004, the pattern could be considered a diamond. Triangles are neutral patterns that are dependent on a breakout for a signal. A move above the upper trendline would be bullish and a move below the lower trendline would be bearish.

Figure 1: Procter & Gamble has traded around 55 since June 2004.
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Graphic provided by: Reuters Data.
There are two methods to project a target. First, analysts can add or subtract the width of the triangle to the breakpoint. The width is around 7 points, and this projects an advance to 62 or a decline to 45. The second method is to draw parallel trendlines above or below the triangle. These were drawn in black on the chart. The lower trendline extends to 48-49 by the end of the year and the upper trendline extends to 60-61. Based on these projections, I would expect a move into the low 60s on an upside breakout and a move into the upper 40s on a downside break.

The relative strength index (RSI) confirms the consolidation and can be used to confirm a signal. While PG has traded on either side of 55 this year, RSI has traded on either side of 50. The RSI range is 40 to 61, and I would watch these levels for a momentum break. A move above 61 would turn momentum bullish and a move below 40 would turn momentum bearish.

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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