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A Momentum Breakout For Carbo Ceramics

08/08/07 11:58:15 AM
by Arthur Hill

Carbo Ceramics remains range-bound on the weekly chart, but a high-volume breakout on the daily chart points to higher prices and a breakout on the weekly chart.

Security:   CRR
Position:   Accumulate

On the weekly chart (Figure 1), Carbo Ceramics (CRR) gapped up in early February and then began a long consolidation. The stock traded between 40 and 49 from February to July with three bounces off support. In December, 40 marked resistance and the stock broke this resistance level with the gap in February. Broken resistance turned into support and the stock bounced off 40 three times in the last six months. A move above 49 would break consolidation resistance and signal a continuation of the advance from earlier this year.

FIGURE 1: CARBO CERAMICS, WEEKLY. CRR gapped up in early February and then began a long consolidation.
Graphic provided by: Telechart 2007.
On the daily chart (Figure 2), we can see the power behind the recent surge as well as a breakout around 46. The stock surged at the end of July, met resistance from the May–June lows, and then consolidated in early August. This consolidation affirmed resistance around 46 and the stock broke through this key level with a surge this week. The breakout occurred on good volume, and this bullish price action points to higher prices down the road.

FIGURE 2: CARBO CERAMICS, DAILY. The stock surged at the end of July, met resistance from the May–June lows, and then consolidated in early August.
Graphic provided by: Telechart 2007.
In addition to a price breakout, there is a momentum breakout as 5-35 moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) moved to its highest level since April. The traditional MACD is based on the 12- and 26-day moving averages. I elected to use the five- and 35-day moving averages for a more sensitive indicator. The five-day moving average is shorter than the 12-day, and this makes it more sensitive. In addition, the 35-day is longer than the 26-day, and this makes it less sensitive. The combination of a more sensitive five-day moving average and a less sensitive 35-day moving average produces a more crossovers. The 5-35 MACD formed a positive divergence in July and broke into positive territory in late July. The indicator continued higher in August with a break above its June highs, and momentum is once again bullish.

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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