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Can the NASDAQ Index break 2,880?

Candlestick chart shows the near-term uptrend

Candlestick chart analysis for the NASDAQ index showing the major trend, the intermediate trend and the near-term trend.

NASDAQ Three-Year Weekly Candlestick Chart

The NASDAQ is still in a good position for another test of major resistance at 2,880. There needs to be an increase in volume and a convincing two-day close of around 2,940. This would indicate an intermediate target of 3,160.

Reference the previous candlestick chart for the NASDAQ

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Note: This technical analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own chart analysis or consult your financial advisor before making investment decisions. The chart snippets are from BigCharts.com which I recommend and have used for fifteen years. The author of this article may hold long or short positions in the featured stock or index.

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) – Weekly Chart

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) moving up on above average volume
Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) two-year weekly candlestick chart showing above average volume associated with the bullish white candlesticks.  The 50-day simple moving average defines the uptrend.

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) 2-Year Weekly Candlestick Chart

Reference the previous post for Precision Drilling based on the  daily chart.

Other stocks featured on tradeonline.ca include: Dundee REIT, Encana, Suncor, RioCan REIT, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pfizer, BCE, and Patriot Coal.

Precision Drilling breakout above $12 resistance level

Can Precision Drilling (PD) hold the new support level of $12?
Daily Candlestick chart for Precision Drilling showing the breakout above resistance at $12

Precision Drilling Daily Chart

The most important points to note in the Precision Drilling (PD) chart analysis are:

  • The major trend, intermediate trend and near-term trend are all up.
  • The 40 day moving average is a good approximation of the trend line.
  • Always trade in the direction of the trend.
  • There was a breakout above resistance of $12.
  • Major support is now $12.
  • The reversal of resistance to support is an important principle in technical analysis.
  • The breakout was on above average volume.
  • Trading volume measures the force behind the move.
  • On balance volume is confirming the upward trend.
  • The MACD confirmed the breakout.

If an online trader made a buy on the breakout at $12.50, the trader must set up a stop-loss at that time.  A reasonable stop-loss would be below support at $12.  A stop-loss of $11.87 would represent a loss of around 5% and maybe not close enough  that it would be taken out on a light test of support. Anyway, you will be around to trade another day.  Risk management is an important concept in online trading.  Preservation of capital is rule #1.

Precision Drilling is a leading provider of oilfield services.

Other stocks analyzed on this site include: Encana, SuncorRioCan, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pfizer, BCE and Patriot Coal.

Investors are seeking yield.  RioCan has been a favorite with institutional and individual Canadian investors.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Chart Analysis

The trend is the most important concept in technical analysis.

You must always trade in the direction of the trend, and the major trend is up for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.  All the real estate invest trusts (REITs)  listed on the TSX  have performed very well over the past two years.

What is the definition for the major trend? The three-year weekly candlestick chart is best for establishing the major trend (in effect for six months to a year) for a stock or an index.   The major trend for RioCan is up with current resistance at $24.

Technical analysis using candlestick charts for Riocan Real Estate Invest Trust - REIT

3-Year Weekly Chart for Riocan

RioCan is the largest real estate investment trust in Canada and the  liquidity makes this an attractive investment for institutional investors. It is worth taking a few minutes to review the profile for this company.  Even if you focus on technical analysis to trade online, you need to have a basic understanding of fundamental analysis. Also, review the most recent quarterly results for RioCan.

Take a couple of minutes to input the advanced chart settings for BigCharts and then look at the this chart.  You will have the advantage of viewing a larger chart and the ability to adjust the time period and other technical indicators. In a previous post, I presented an analysis of RioCan based on the 6-month daily candlestick chart and the reaction of the market to the release of the quarterly results. This analysis focused on the near-term and intermediate trend.

Visit Investment Talk with SPBrunner for an excellent review of the fundamental data for RioCan Real Estate Invest Trust.

Retail real estate poised to strengthen is a positive article on RioCan and other REITs.

Update May 19, 2011 – First-quarter report: RioCan gets boost from rental revenue.

Update May 31, 2011 – Target’s store picks a bullseye for RioCan REIT: TD

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Note: This technical analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own chart analysis or consult your financial advisor before making investment decisions. The chart snippets are from BigCharts.com which I recommend and have used for fifteen years.

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