As of 10/03/2022
  Indus: 29,491 +765.38 +2.7%  
  Trans: 12,465 +406.70 +3.4%  
  Utils: 915 +26.32 +3.0%  
  Nasdaq: 10,815 +239.81 +2.3%  
  S&P 500: 3,678 +92.81 +2.6%  
YTD
-18.8%  
-24.4%  
-6.7%  
-30.9%  
-22.8%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/15/2022  
  Up arrow30,800 or 27,500 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow13,800 or 11,800 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow950 or 850 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow11,500 or 9,700 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow3,800 or 3,500 by 10/15/2022
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 10/3/22
As of 10/03/2022
  Indus: 29,491 +765.38 +2.7%  
  Trans: 12,465 +406.70 +3.4%  
  Utils: 915 +26.32 +3.0%  
  Nasdaq: 10,815 +239.81 +2.3%  
  S&P 500: 3,678 +92.81 +2.6%  
YTD
-18.8%  
-24.4%  
-6.7%  
-30.9%  
-22.8%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/15/2022  
  Up arrow30,800 or 27,500 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow13,800 or 11,800 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow950 or 850 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow11,500 or 9,700 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow3,800 or 3,500 by 10/15/2022
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 10/3/22

Bulkowski's Universal American Financial (UHCO) Quiz

Released 8/10/2022.

UHCO: Quiz

Captions appear below the pictures for guidance, so be sure to scroll down far enough to read them.


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chart pattern

Look for the following chart patterns (If you find others, great!): descending triangle, rectangle top, rectangle bottom, 3 spikes or tails, rising wedge.

The answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

Spikes or tails predict short-term price reversals. Upward spikes like the two shown here are less reliable than spikes plunging downward (see, December 2003). But, these two do well, anyway.

The rectangle bottom has broken out upward.

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 answer appears on the next slide.
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chart pattern

Answer 1: Flat bases such as the rectangle bottom are usually good trading candidates. Buy.

Answer 2: Use the height of the rectangle projected upward as the price target. The rect top is at 11.30 and the bottom is at 10, for a height of 1.30. Add this to the rect top to get a target of 12.60. I show the target price as the short green line in the PRIOR chart.

Answer 3: Rectangles are natural support zones, so place a stop below the bottom of the rectangle. To avoid the round number 10, place the stop at 9.93. Of course, that's a big give back from the closing price of 11.50 or 14% below. I show a closer stop location by the bottom red line of the rectangle. This would narrow the potential loss to 10.29 or 11%. A volatility stop suggests placing it no closer than 10.12, or 12% away. A large stop distance like the ones described here is common for low priced stocks (stocks below $20).

This chart shows the end of the rectangle on the left. Price throws back at point A, something that happens 64% of the time in rectangle bottoms. From then on, it's a nice run up, almost tripling in price. The dead-cat bounce occurs on a profit shortfall.

Question. What technical evidence would have warned you of the coming dead-cat bounce?

More on the next slide.
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chart pattern

The short answer is, I'm not sure you could have predicted the dead-cat bounce. That's the nature of surprising events.

A trendline break (shown in green, if you extend it into the future) may have provided some warning. But the stock price moved from trending up to moving horizontally. A dual-head, complex head-and-shoulders top (red lettering) with additional shoulders A and B (blue), may have signaled a reversal if you spotted it. This is not a pronounced chart pattern and one I hesitate to even call a head-and-shoulders. The broadening formation breaks downward 36% of the time, so that's no clue either.

Yes, price did poke through the bottom of the pattern and if you lower the top trendline, it poked out the top, too. So, that's no help. A check of the indicators might be revealing but that's for you to explore.

The End.

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