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 Waters Corp (WAT) Quiz

Released 8/12/2022.

WAT: 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!): 3 inverted and ascending scallops, three rising valleys. Not much else happening on this chart.

Answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

You are going to come across this situation many times in your trading career. Price has closed below the trendline. What do you do?

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?

Answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

Answer 1 (buy?): The trendline break is not a sell signal, but is a warning. This is the weekly scale. It ends on the same date as the prior chart.

Pipes are the parallel downward spikes. I drew some of them at the major turning points, just for fun. The red line represents overhead resistance. The blue line shows what I believe is a support zone. The green line is an up-sloping trendline.

Answer 2 (target?): What is the price target for this stock? The blue line is at 38.40, a decline from the current close of 45.90, a decline of 16%. That's a good target, but let's look at more information.

See the next slide for more information.
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chart pattern

For a measure of the decline, use the prior minor high at A (49.80) and launch point at B (46) to gauge the decline after the breakout, C (46.94). Here’s the formula: C – (A – B). That’s 46.94 – (49.80 - 46) or 43.14. From the current close, that’s a decline of 6%, but it should serve as a minimum.

See the next slide for more information.
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chart pattern

Answer 3 (stop?): The question really is, should you sell? You can use the 1-2-3 trend change method that’s available at the link, so I won’t repeat it here. I’ll show the 3 points later.

What can we learn from looking at an indicator? Here’s the Commodity Channel Index, CCI.

This is a screen capture. It shows the stock during the first day price drops below a trendline. The lower half shows the red CCI line dropping below 0. That’s a sell signal. The indicator also made a sell signal when the CCI crossed below the DCCI (delayed CCI) line two days before. Price also shows divergence with the indicator. The indicator is making lower highs (green trendline) but price is making new highs (upper chart, red line). Price is diverging from the indicator, a bearish development.

The indicator says sell. Is that enough of a sell signal?

There’s also a three-day rule. If price remains below the trendline for 3 days, then consider selling.

See the next slide for more information.
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chart pattern

As the above chart shows, price is still below the trendline, but looking like a pullback. It’s worth waiting another day to see what happens. The tradeoff is price may tumble, widening the loss.

See the next slide for more information.
7 / 8

chart pattern

Price is heading down, clearly. It’s time to sell.

The next slide shows what happened.
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chart pattern

Price made a large, one-day downward spike, hitting a low of 37.75 (point 3). That’s a little below the 38.40 blue support line I show on slide 3 and well below the 43.14 measure rule target for a trendline. If you used the 1-2-3 trend change method, you would have held onto the stock. The trendline pierce is at 1. A test of the high is at 2, and the intervening low is at 3. Price never closed below 3, which is the sell signal. Even so, the stock declined about 18% (at 3), which is a hefty paper loss.

The End.

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