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Dow Jones Utility Average Moves Down From Bearish Wedge

05/01/07 09:07:54 AM
by Chaitali Mohile

The DJUA has formed a bearish wedge, so keep an eye out on this index.

Security:   $UTIL
Position:   N/A

A rising wedge in an uptrend is a bearish indication. The vertical rally from $510 to $530 formed a bearish wedge in the Dow Jones Utility Average ($UTIL). The breakout direction in this formation is mostly downward. I wrote "mostly," as patterns have tendencies to fail too; $UTIL has moved down and volume can reduced further as the drop proceeds. The price can retrace to $520 as its previous low pivot. The exact fall cannot be judged till it actually happens. The rising wedge in $UTIL can change its previous uptrend and a new downtrend is likely to begin. Considering this reversal pattern, the $510 level may serve as its final support. See Figure 1.

FIGURE 1: $UTIL, DAILY. This index is about to start its new downtrend; the 520 level is the first support during this drop.
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The relative strength index (RSI)(14) has carried a bullish rally on an overbought position. Though this indicator can remain overbought for a longer period, it has begun its downward journey. The previous high for the RSI was marginally above 80, but the current rally failed to cross the landmark. This indicates the beginning of the bearish rally. The average directional index (ADX)(14) is a trend-following indicator. The indicator is considered overheated above 40, resulting in a decline in the trend. Figure 1, above the ADX, is marginally overheated at 42, which thus indicates a decline in the trend. The positive directional index (+DI) has also tipped down, reducing buyers' pressure in the stock.

Traders should consider booking profits on this index. In addition, they need not jump on short positions immediately on breakout. If $520 gets violated, then positions should be shorted.

FIGURE 2: $UTIL, WEEKLY. The rising wedge on this chart reinforces the pattern as the possibility of trend changes increases.
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Figure 2 (the weekly chart) shows a strong uptrend from $440 in October 2006; $440 offered support for the bullish rally from the previous high. $UTIL has rallied from $440 to $520, with necessary consolidation at different levels. In Figure 2, the index has formed a rising wedge again. The ADX (14) is highly overheated at the 52 level, with an equally strong +DI. Such condition points to the decline and change in the trend. The RSI (14) has never crossed 70 but has remained bullish throughout the rally to $500. The RSI is highly overbought above 80 and can continue there longer. But traders should consider this overbought level as the ADX (14) is also highly overheated.

This strong uptrend is likely to change due to a bearish wedge being formed. Traders can take profit on $UTIL. Though a new downtrend can begin, a short position is not advisable at current levels.

Chaitali Mohile

Active trader in the Indian stock markets since 2003 and a full-time writer. Trading is largely based upon technical analysis.

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