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Tesla Buy Signal

12/13/13 03:57:56 PM
by Matt Blackman

Barely six weeks after flashing a Head & Shoulders top sell signal, TSLA has issued the reverse buy signal on an inverse H&S breakout.

Security:   TSLA
Position:   Buy

Tesla has again shown that it deserves its title as the stock short traders love to hate. The stock posted a head & shoulders top pattern sell signal in the third week of November before unexpectedly reversing and in the process catching anyone who took the signal off guard only to then quickly reverse again and hit the pattern target (see "Is Tesla Set to Go Into Reverse" and "Tesla H&S Trade Update").

Now the stock appears to have pulled another quick reversal with a flip-side inverse head & shoulders pattern that was confirmed December 12, 2013 with a break above the new pattern neckline (see Figure 1) after the stock posted a 5.6% daily gain.

Figure 1, Daily chart of TSLA showing the back-to-back Head & Shoulders patterns with the neckline breakout on December 12, 2013.
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As Figure 2 of the TSLA OVI indicator and Implied Volatility show, options traders were mildly bullish on the stock as of December 11 with a slightly positive OVI reading of +0.033. OVI measures options transaction activity according to Guy Cohen of who developed the indicator. It has a range of values from +1 to -1. A positive OVI reading often occurs ahead of rising stock prices while negative readings typically precede falling prices.

Figure 2. Daily chart of TSLA showing options trading activity in the stock via the OVI indicator to December 11 before the 5.6% gain December 12. Options traders have been mildly bullish on the stock since the beginning of December.
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Before topping out on September 30, 2013, Tesla soared 400% from the beginning of 2013 and in the process put in a distinct parabolic blow-off top. The stock then lost more than 28% due to a combination of a disappointing earnings report and a series of very public engine fires before reversing direction again.

Volume on December 12 was average meaning that the big move did not require excessive volume which I interpret as mildly bullish. However, we will need to see increasing volume and a resumption of the stock rally over the next few trading days if this reversal is to grow sustainable legs.

Matt Blackman

Matt Blackman is a full-time technical and financial writer and trader. He produces corporate and financial newsletters, and assists clients in getting published in the mainstream media. He is the host of Matt has earned the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Find out what stocks and futures Matt is watching on Twitter at

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