As of 09/25/2020
  Indus: 27,174 +358.52 +1.3%  
  Trans: 11,270 +152.52 +1.4%  
  Utils: 808 +12.20 +1.5%  
  Nasdaq: 10,914 +241.29 +2.3%  
  S&P 500: 3,298 +51.87 +1.6%  
YTD
-4.8%  
 +3.4%  
-8.1%  
 +21.6%  
 +2.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/14/2020  
  Up arrow28,650 or 26,000 by 10/15/2020
  Up arrow11,750 or 10,600 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow845 or 775 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow11,800 or 10,400 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow3,600 or 3,200 by 10/01/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 8/18/20
As of 09/25/2020
  Indus: 27,174 +358.52 +1.3%  
  Trans: 11,270 +152.52 +1.4%  
  Utils: 808 +12.20 +1.5%  
  Nasdaq: 10,914 +241.29 +2.3%  
  S&P 500: 3,298 +51.87 +1.6%  
YTD
-4.8%  
 +3.4%  
-8.1%  
 +21.6%  
 +2.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/14/2020  
  Up arrow28,650 or 26,000 by 10/15/2020
  Up arrow11,750 or 10,600 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow845 or 775 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow11,800 or 10,400 by 10/01/2020
  Up arrow3,600 or 3,200 by 10/01/2020
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 8/18/20

Bulkowski's Dow Chemical Trading Quiz

 

Released 8/17/2020.

Dow Chemical: Quiz

Below is a slider quiz to test your trading ability. Captions appear below the pictures for guidance, so be sure to scroll down far enough to read them.

 

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What chart patterns can you find? Look for the following: head-and-shoulders, double bottom, scallop, busted double top, triangle, and a triple bottom(?).
Answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

The 1, 2, 3 mark what looks like a triple bottom. I don't call it that because price needs to trend down into the chart pattern to be a 'bottom.' The Eve & Eve double top (red A) doesn't bust because now I wait for a close below the low at A. If the stock drops no more than 10% below A before reversing, then it busts the downward breakout. For our purposes, it might as well have busted the downward breakout.

I thought the complex head-and-shoulders bottom during April through June was a simple one, meaning it had one head (in May), the left shoulder as marked, and the right shoulder as the right bottom of the double bottom (marked as a black A on the chart). When I ran the chart pattern through my scoring system (see my book Trading Classic Chart Patterns, it scored -3 meaning that the probability was doubtful that it would reach the 62.04 target price.

The stock has completed a throwback (B) to the neckline of the head-and-shoulders and appears to be moving up.

Question 1: Do you buy, short, or avoid trading this stock?
Question 2: If trading this one, what is the target price?
Question 3: If trading this one, what is the stop price?
The answers appear on the next slide.
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Answer 1 (buy?): Recognize that you are getting in late, but buy the stock. A better entry would be when price pierced the trendline (using a buy stop at that price) or sooner after price rebounded from the throwback.

Answer 2 (target?): I already mentioned my book score target. For the simple head-and-shoulders bottom (forget that it has a dual head), measure the height from the May head low (42.88) to the neckline directly above (49.24) and project the height (6.36) upward from the breakout price (47.52). That would give a target of 53.88. Price meets the target 71% of the time so be conservative in your estimate. For the dual head-and-shoulders, use the tallest distance between the lower head and neckline, vertically, but realize price may not climb that far. Look for nearby resistance zones where price might stop.

Answer 3 (stop?): Using a volatility stop (1.5x (I use 2x now) the 30-day volatility is $1.41. See the website page "stop placement" for more info on vol stops) means placing a stop no closer than 46.34, which is below the prior minor low at point B (which has a low of 46.51). I would use a 62% retrace of the rise from point RS to C, giving a stop location of about 45.61.

Here's my notebook entry for the trade.

"Date: 7/29/05. Filled at: 48.32. Stop: 43.53, about 10% down. Upside target: old high at 56. Future S&P direction (guess): Up.

Buy reason: confirmed head-and-shoulders with throwback completed. Earnings have sent the stock moving higher, but it was down when I bought. I consider this a longer-term holding as I want to give it time to move up a lot. CCI said buy yesterday."

Notice that I placed the stop lower than "answer 3" (43.53 versus 45.61). I placed the stop below the minor low at RS. That would mean a potential loss of 10%. I could see this chart pattern making what looks like a Big W, rising to the height of the old high at 56, so that was my target. CCI is the commodity channel index, a short-term trading indicator that I no longer use.

The stock made a higher high before backtracking. Question: What do you do now? Do you buy, hold, or sell the stock?

More on the next slide.
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Here's my notebook entry. "8/16/05 Stop raised to 45.41 because it was too far away and I think I'll be stopped out. Best to cut losses."

A week later, I changed my mind. Here's my notebook entry for the sale.

"Date: 8/23/05. Trade time: market open tomorrow. Filled at: 45.95. Sell reason: This looks like it's going down. The other stocks in the industry all look like they are tumbling or about to do so. Time to cut the loss and exit now."

I canceled the stop order and just sold it. I lost about 5% on the trade. Notice that the original stop was for a potential loss of 10%, so even though I lost money, I cut my losses. That's the way it should be. The stock hit 40.18 as the chart shows, well below the 45.95 price at which I sold.

The end.

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