As of 04/21/2021
  Indus: 34,137 +316.01 +0.9%  
  Trans: 15,040 +145.39 +1.0%  
  Utils: 927 -6.07 -0.7%  
  Nasdaq: 13,950 +163.95 +1.2%  
  S&P 500: 4,173 +38.48 +0.9%  
YTD
 +11.5%  
 +20.3%  
 +7.2%  
 +8.2%  
 +11.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/15/2021  
  Up arrow34,800 or 32,900 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow15,200 or 14,000 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow950 or 885 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow15,000 or 12,900 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow4,400 or 3,900 by 05/01/2021
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 3/25/21
As of 04/21/2021
  Indus: 34,137 +316.01 +0.9%  
  Trans: 15,040 +145.39 +1.0%  
  Utils: 927 -6.07 -0.7%  
  Nasdaq: 13,950 +163.95 +1.2%  
  S&P 500: 4,173 +38.48 +0.9%  
YTD
 +11.5%  
 +20.3%  
 +7.2%  
 +8.2%  
 +11.1%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/15/2021  
  Up arrow34,800 or 32,900 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow15,200 or 14,000 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow950 or 885 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow15,000 or 12,900 by 05/01/2021
  Up arrow4,400 or 3,900 by 05/01/2021
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 3/25/21

Bulkowski's Exxon Trading Quiz

 

Released 12/16/2020.

XOM: 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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chart pattern
What chart patterns can you find? Look for the following: Ascending triangle, unconfirmed triple top, two ascending scallops, two rectangles tops, a falling wedge, flag, broadening formation - right angled and ascending, head-and-shoulders top.
Answers are on the next slide.
2 / 4
chart pattern

The stock is at the yearly high and it could triple top or break out in any direction from the triangle. The weekly chart is unrevealing, as this stock has moved up too far, so there's no overhead resistance to speak of.

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?
My answers appear on the next slide.
3 / 4
chart pattern

As of the last date shown in the prior page, 1/31, I placed a stop order to buy a penny above the top trendline. Getting in early is key to a successful trade. The order filled on 2/1, where my notebook begins.

"Date: 2/1/05. Filled at: 52.07 after placing a buy stop at 52.06. Earnings were released yesterday and the stock took off this morning. Stop: 49.21. Upside target: 55, measure rule for ascending triangles: 52.05 - 48.90 + 52.05 = 55.20. Future S&P direction (guess): down.

Buy reason: Placed a buy stop at the breakout price plus a penny, 52.06, to catch the breakout and limit the downside after a potential throwback. Oils are hot and I think this stock has room to grow. Plus, it has a dividend. Book score is -1 but that expects a throwback and I'll be happy if price comes close to the predicted 65.91 book score target."

For those of you that own my Trading Classic Chart Patterns book, you'll know what the score means (a way to score chart patterns to determine whether they will perform or not).

You can see that I bought on the day price shot out of the triangle. A perfect entry. Now what? The stock has zoomed from 52 to 64 in about a month, a rise of 23%. Price has formed a new pattern, a pennant. Pennants are knows as half-staff patterns because they form roughly midway in a strong price trend.

Question: What do you do with the stock now, hold, buy more, or sell?

More on the next slide.
4 / 4
chart pattern

I placed a stop as prices rose. Here's my notebook entry.

"2/7/05: Stop raised to 51.07. 2/10/05: Stop raised to 52.93. I used a Fibonacci retrace of 62% of the up move since 1/28/05 to place the stop. I put it about 25 cents below. 2/16/05: Stop raised to 53.93, just below the 62% retrace value as the stock jumped up. 2/18/05: Stop raised to 55.93. I'm getting nervous about the straight-line run, so I'm tightening up the stop. A quick decline often follows a quick rise so... 2/24/05: Stop raised to 56.93. The stock has continued to move up, so the stop reflects this, but I'm keeping my distance as a pause is due. 2/26/05: Stop raised to 58.47. 3/5/2005: Stop raised to 61.15.

3/9/05: I was stopped out in a late day sell off. The stock blew through my stop at 61.15 and sold at 60.90."

I sold the day price tumbled out of the pennant. The low for the day was 60.70 and it closed at 60.79, so I didn't sell at the low, but it was well below the high of 64.37, the peak on the chart. Nevertheless, you can see that the stock gave back nearly all of the gains from the breakout. That's the importance of using a stop: you protect profits.

The end.

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