As of 01/20/2021
  Indus: 31,188 +257.86 +0.8%  
  Trans: 13,126 +225.85 +1.8%  
  Utils: 865 +7.27 +0.8%  
  Nasdaq: 13,457 +260.07 +2.0%  
  S&P 500: 3,852 +52.94 +1.4%  
YTD
 +1.9%  
 +4.9%  
 +0.0%  
 +4.4%  
 +2.6%  
  Targets    Overview: 01/13/2021  
  Up arrow32,000 or 29,600 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow13,500 or 12,300 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow890 or 800 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow13,500 or 12,400 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow3,900 or 3,625 by 02/01/2021
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 11/2/20
As of 01/20/2021
  Indus: 31,188 +257.86 +0.8%  
  Trans: 13,126 +225.85 +1.8%  
  Utils: 865 +7.27 +0.8%  
  Nasdaq: 13,457 +260.07 +2.0%  
  S&P 500: 3,852 +52.94 +1.4%  
YTD
 +1.9%  
 +4.9%  
 +0.0%  
 +4.4%  
 +2.6%  
  Targets    Overview: 01/13/2021  
  Up arrow32,000 or 29,600 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow13,500 or 12,300 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow890 or 800 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow13,500 or 12,400 by 02/01/2021
  Up arrow3,900 or 3,625 by 02/01/2021
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 11/2/20

Bulkowski's Pfizer Trading Quiz

 

Released 11/24/2020.

PFE: 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.

 

1 / 4
chart pattern
What chart patterns can you find? Look for the following: ascending triangle, 2 head-and-shoulders bottoms, ascending broadening wedge, dead-cat bounce.
Answers are on the next slide.
2 / 4
chart pattern

The dead-cat bounce (DCB) is the large decline on the highest volume on the chart and it came when the company disclosed problems with its Celebrex drug. The same day, reports came of a class action lawsuit filed against the company. Price bounced, rounded over (at the first touch of the ascending triangle) and headed down into January and February before recovering. I took an interest in the company on the last day shown.

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 and are from my notebook.
3 / 4
chart pattern

"Date: 5/20/05. Filled at: 28.71. Stop: 26.53, below the minor high 2 valleys ago. Upside target: 31. I see overhead resistance at 34. Future S&P direction (guess): Down

Buy reason: Upward breakout from an ascending triangle. This has moved beyond the breakout but I consider it a good buy. This also pays a dividend and I consider it a longer-term holding. Keep the stop farther away to let this work higher."

I scored the ascending triangle according to the method outlined in my book, Trading Classic Chart Patterns and the score came up -3. Scores below 0 suggest price won't climb to the median rise of 34.67. That should have scared me out of the trade, but I was looking for a longer-term play with income from the dividend.

Shown is the chart for the next move.

After the purchase, price dropped back to the top ascending triangle trendline (point A) before recovering. The day before the last price bar on the chart, price makes a new minor high.

Question. If you owned this stock, what do you do next?
The next slide discusses my answer.
4 / 4
chart pattern

"6/25/05. Raised stop to 27.23 because of market downturn and need to tighten the stop. This is below the valley low of 27.31. If hit, it confirms a double top.

Date: 7/1/05. Filled at: 26.85. Sell reason: Stopped out on news that the company abandoned a drug in development."

The above chart shows what happened. Price dropped below the double top confirmation price, where I had a stop. The stock sold for a loss of 6.6%, which is quite good (that is, small). In the short hold time, I didn't earn a dividend either. The good news is that I sold the stock instead of riding it down. Even for a long-term holding, it can pay to sell when the trend changes.

How could I have improved the trade? If I placed a buy stop a penny above the top trendline, that would have lowered my cost. Depending on where I placed the stop, the minor decline into the triangle at point A probably wouldn't have taken me out. Thus, I believe I would have lost less money than I actually did.

The end.

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