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Amazon Under Pressure

06/13/19 02:27:49 PM
by Matt Blackman

Amazon has seen better days, but is its reputation as a market leader behind it forever, or on temporary hiatus?

Security:   AMZN
Position:   N/A

It has been a volatile year for stocks, and especially FAANG market leader and tech darling Amazon. Since peaking at 2050 in early September 2018, the stock has retreated more than 14% and headwinds continue to buffet it.

As we see from the first chart (Figure 1), AMZN dropped below major support at 1760, slicing through its 20-day moving average in the process in early June. Not only have stock traders been selling, options traders have also become increasingly bearish on the stock since early May.

Figure 1. Daily chart of Amazon (AMZN) showing the break of support at 1760 and breach of the 20 day moving average on June 3. The break occurred on a negative OVI index reading (lower subgraph) which reveals bearish options activity.
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In the next weekly chart (Figure 2), we see the medium-term picture showing what looks like a double top chart pattern in the process of forming with a neckline of 1350 — nearly 30% below where the stock was trading.

Figure 2. Weekly chart of Amazon showing 2018 high and second peak in May.
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And as we see from the third chart (Figure 3) showing the bigger picture, AMZN is trading more than 22% above its long-term uptrend support line, which is the next major support for the stock. A break below this line would spell the end of an uptrend that has been in place since 2015.

Figure 3. Weekly chart showing the big picture for AMZN with long-term uptrend support around 1400.
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Fundamentally, the stock is still expensive with a trailing price/earnings ratio of 72.5. But as of the latest earnings report on April 25, earnings were up more than 117% in the latest quarter and more than 200% in the last year, both of which are bullish.

To borrow a phrase from writer Mark Twain upon reading of his death in the newspaper, rumors of Amazon's demise are greatly exaggerated. Yes, the technical signs are pointing to further downside action but it will take more technical and fundamental evidence before a long term bearish bet on the stock would be justified.

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. Matt has earned the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Follow Matt on Twitter at

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