Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT)
Market Call for February 5, 2001
Contributed by Mark Seleznov, TrendTrader.com.
The purpose of this Market Call section is to
educate readers in technical analysis patterns and indicators. As with all investment
information, you need to research information and consult your financial advisor before
initiating any strategies that are contained in Market Call.
Also, you must realize that as with all trading strategies,
opinions can change quickly depending on market conditions and developments.
This column tries to present historical examples, potential set
ups, and examples of entry and exit strategies.
The last 2 days were disappointing for Bulls as we went up to a
resistance in the Dow at 11,000 and could not break through, and the
rally failed too.
Many stocks have already broken support areas and are on Sell signals.
late Friday breakdowns were quick and nasty.
As always, stops must be in place for all trades.
Support and Resistance and
Think of security prices as a war. It is a battle between a bull (the
buyer) and a bear (the seller). The bulls push prices higher and the
push prices lower. A buyer that feels an area has good value, will buy
that level. The seller that feels that a stock has reached fair
sell at that higher fair value price. The direction prices actually
reveals who has won the battle.
Remember when a trade takes place, a buyer and seller agreed to a
There was a buyer and a seller involved in the transaction. The buyer
the stock will go up. The seller wants to move on to another stock
may feel will appreciate faster.
Support levels are the price where the majority of traders feel the
a good buy.
Resistance is the level in which the majority of traders feel prices
When the majority of traders and investors change their expectations,
support and resistance areas get violated and a new trend may be
This can occur due to changes in expectation of earnings, new product
development, change of personnel, cut backs or expansions.
One interesting pattern that traders see after a breakout, is that the
or index retraces a part of the initial move by about 50%. If the 50%
retracement does not hold, the stock or index can still be in a trend
previous breakout resistance holds.
Let's examine the recent action
in Microsoft, MSFT.
A series of break ups on January 17, 18, and 19 and 24 put MSFT in an
uptrend, defined by breakouts to higher prices.
A long consolidation from January 24 through Friday February 2 had
characteristics of lower highs than the high made on January 29.
The sell off late on January 31 was followed by another attempted
We closed Friday right at support at 60 13/16. Any break below 60
low made on the morning of February 1 would be seen as a break down of
support. If MSFT holds here, another attempt to move higher may
I would play this one by exiting any longs at 60 3/8 and initiating a
below 60 3/8.
If a Short is entered, I would place my stop at 61 7/8.
Do not Short unless MSFT completes the break down.
Mark A. Seleznov is a General
Securities Principal and Managing Partner of Trend Trader, LLC, a NASD, SIPC broker/dealer firm located in
Scottsdale, Arizona. A professional trader for over 25 years, Mark was a Market Maker on
the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, a Retail Registered Representative, and futures trader.
Mark is an author and recognized expert in equity Day Trading. He conducts seminars in
Equity Day Trading and offers his firm traders training and support. If his firm holds any
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