As of 09/29/2022
  Indus: 29,226 -458.13 -1.5%  
  Trans: 12,258 -199.22 -1.6%  
  Utils: 906 -38.84 -4.1%  
  Nasdaq: 10,738 -314.13 -2.8%  
  S&P 500: 3,640 -78.57 -2.1%  
YTD
-19.6%  
-25.6%  
-7.6%  
-31.4%  
-23.6%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/15/2022  
  Up arrow32,000 or 29,200 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow13,800 or 11,800 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow990 or 900 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow11,975 or 10,700 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow3,800 or 3,500 by 10/15/2022
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 9/13/22
As of 09/29/2022
  Indus: 29,226 -458.13 -1.5%  
  Trans: 12,258 -199.22 -1.6%  
  Utils: 906 -38.84 -4.1%  
  Nasdaq: 10,738 -314.13 -2.8%  
  S&P 500: 3,640 -78.57 -2.1%  
YTD
-19.6%  
-25.6%  
-7.6%  
-31.4%  
-23.6%  
  Targets    Overview: 09/15/2022  
  Up arrow32,000 or 29,200 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow13,800 or 11,800 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow990 or 900 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow11,975 or 10,700 by 10/15/2022
  Up arrow3,800 or 3,500 by 10/15/2022
CPI (updated daily): Arrows on 9/13/22

Bulkowski's Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Trading Quiz

Released 8/9/2021.

FCX: 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 (if you find others, great!): rising wedge, head-and-shoulders top, Adam & Eve double bottom.

Answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

Let's say you bought near 16 (bottom left of the chart). You've made a bundle when it topped out at 46, but it measured move down since then (Dec peak to the Adam & Eve double bottom (AEDB) low, the stair step decline. This would become a Simple ABC correction if price closes above the Dec peak, but it hasn't yet), bottoming at the AEDB before recovering to form a head-and-shoulders top.

Question 1: What alerts you to potential weakness?
Question 2: If price should drop, how far is it likely to fall?
See the next slide for answers.
3 / 8
chart pattern

(I repeated the chart here...)

Answer 1 (signs of weakness?): The stock tried to make a new high but failed. That in itself shows weakness. Combined with the head-and-shoulders top, it suggests price may drop more than expected but that's just a guess.

Answer 2 (target?): Measure the height of the head-and-shoulders from the head (44.86) to the neckline directly below the head (39.59), vertically, then project the height (5.27) downward from the price where the stock pierces the blue neckline (39.85). That gives a target of 34.58. That's a decline of 13%.

Next, look for support zones. One appears at 35, corresponding to the bottom of the AEDB. Look for price to stall or reverse there. That's also close to the target price.

The next slide shows the price of copper.
4 / 8
chart pattern

This is the price of copper over the same period as the last chart. Price has moved up to a recent price of $1.36 from a low in April of $0.71 or so. It has also made a lower high, suggesting weakness. The following are charts from the other stocks in the copper industry. Look them over. Notice many peak in January.

The next slide shows Alcoa.
5 / 8
chart pattern

The Alcoa chart. Notice the January peak followed by a lower high.

The next slide shows Inco and Phelps Dodge.
6 / 8
chart pattern

Inco and Phelps Dodge. Inco peaks in January. Notice the head-and-shoulders top in Phelps Dodge.

A chart of Southern Peru stock is next.
7 / 8
chart pattern

All of the above charts show that price has peaked and is now moving down. Phelps Dodge (prior slide) also shows a head-and-shoulders top, not confirmed yet because price hasn't dropped below the right armpit. It's possible that these charts, like PCU above, will double top -- climb back to its old high because it appears to be turning after finding support at the congestion region outlined by the blue lines in November. That looks like a diamond top outlined with 2 additional lines for some reason. The lines in red are from my pattern recognition program suggesting additional patterns, mostly ascending triangles and a high and tight flag (HTF).

Look back at slide 2. The stock shows a confirmed head-and-shoulders top.

Question: After looking at the price of copper and other stocks in the same industry, do you sell your holding? Do you short? The next page shows what happened to the stock.

See the next slide for an answer.
8 / 8
chart pattern

The stock pulled back to the neckline before continuing down to a low of 27.76 before recovering. The decline from the breakout was 30%. Price did pause at the bottom of the AEDB at 35, but only for a week or so before continuing the slide.

Taken together, that's how I decide whether to sell or not. I look at others in the same industry, check relevant commodities, and make my decision.

The End.

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