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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stock chart pattern discussions - hits and misses

In my individual stock chart pattern discussions on Wednesdays, 10 stocks have been covered so far. It may be worthwhile to do a reality check to find out what I had observed and inferred and how the chart patterns actually shaped up.

1.  ICI India - ICI had pierced and closed above its 200 day EMA before dropping below, and was consolidating between the 50 day and 200 day EMAs around the Rs 416 level. I had suggested: Good stock to accumulate in small quantities for conservative, long term investors.

ICI_May1109

The stock has slowly but steadily moved up well above its 200 day EMA and added about 15%. Nothing great, but can be counted as a 'hit'.

2.  Suzlon Energy - The stock was looking oversold. There was a possibility of a bounce up, but it could also go lower. My advice: Investors should not go anywhere near this stock. Adventurous traders may want to make a punt with very tight stop losses.

Suzlon_May1109

After going marginally lower, the stock moved up rapidly with the global rally and jumped up by almost 150%! It is still well below its 200 day EMA in spite of the sharp rise. A 'miss'.

3.  State Bank - SBI was looking like a value buy as it was trading at its book value. I observed the strong support at 900, but did not expect an up move to go beyond 1100.

SBI_May1209

SBI moved up 40% with the global rally before facing resistance at a previous top of 1400. Another 'miss'.

4.  Unitech - The stock was being accumulated near its 52 week bottom and I expected a move upwards. But advised: Unless the strong resistance between 50-60 levels is overcome, there is no point in entering Unitech.

Unitech_May1209

The stock did move up to the resistance zone of 50-60, but despite two attempts, was unable to cross it. A 'hit'.

5.  Hero Honda - This was one of the few stocks in a bull phase but at 1100 level was looking overbought and due for a correction. My suggestion: New investors may buy on dips. Existing investors should hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

HeroHonda_May1209

After correcting to Rs 1000, the stock has steadily moved up to Rs 1200 and continues in its bull phase with all three averages moving up.

6.  Reliance Capital - I had expected the stock to face some resistance at 490-500 before moving up to 625 level, and had advised short and long term investors to get in at the next dip.

RelCap_May1209

Reliance Capital sailed upwards to 580, reacted to 490 and then moved up to 625, where it faced resistance. I will count that as a 'hit', though the short term gain was only about 30%.

7.  Infosys - Despite a sell-off due to disappointing results that dropped the stock below its 200 day EMA, I had observed a 'rounding bottom' bullish pattern and advised: Wait for the selling pressure to subside before entering the stock on the dip. Be prepared for a longish wait for profits.

Infosys_May1209

The stock smoothly moved up from Rs 1300 to Rs 1600, well above its 200 day EMA. Another 'hit'.

8.  DLF -  A 'rounding bottom' bullish pattern was observed but the failure to cross the resistance level of Rs 300 led me to suggest: If you haven't got rid of your DLF holding yet, you may get one more chance to do so. There is a possibility that this rally is taking a pause before trying to move higher again.

DLF_May1209

The stock moved down to Rs 220 before moving up to Rs 269 to provide one more chance for investors to get out. A 'hit'.

9.  Bharti Airtel - The upward rally looked too steep. The lower volumes remain a concern. The 20 day EMA did move up above the 200 day EMA as expected. My advice: An existing holder can keep riding the rally or book partial profits.

Bharti_May1209

The stock has continued its upward move with a slight dip for 2 days. A 'hit'.

10. Balrampur Chini - The 50 day EMA did move above the 200 day EMA but instead of a correction, the stock is undergoing a triangular consolidation before the next up move. My suggestion: I would wait till the election results come out before entering.

Balrampur_May1209

It has been only five trading sessions since my discussion - too early to draw conclusions. A 'neutral'.

Without trying to be immodest, not a bad performance at all. Comments are welcome.

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