As of 05/24/2024
  Indus: 39,070 +4.33 +0.0%  
  Trans: 15,083 +74.08 +0.5%  
  Utils: 926 +1.92 +0.2%  
  Nasdaq: 16,921 +184.76 +1.1%  
  S&P 500: 5,305 +36.88 +0.7%  
YTD
 +3.7%  
-5.1%  
 +5.0%  
 +12.7%  
 +11.2%  
  Targets    Overview: 05/13/2024  
  Up arrow41,000 or 38,500 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow16,050 or 15,300 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow960 or 900 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow17,250 or 15,850 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow5,500 or 5,100 by 06/01/2024
As of 05/24/2024
  Indus: 39,070 +4.33 +0.0%  
  Trans: 15,083 +74.08 +0.5%  
  Utils: 926 +1.92 +0.2%  
  Nasdaq: 16,921 +184.76 +1.1%  
  S&P 500: 5,305 +36.88 +0.7%  
YTD
 +3.7%  
-5.1%  
 +5.0%  
 +12.7%  
 +11.2%  
  Targets    Overview: 05/13/2024  
  Up arrow41,000 or 38,500 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow16,050 or 15,300 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow960 or 900 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow17,250 or 15,850 by 06/01/2024
  Up arrow5,500 or 5,100 by 06/01/2024

Bulkowski's Nationwide Financial Services (NFS) Trading Quiz

Released 3/29/2022.

NFS: 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!): two diamond tops, two head-and-shoulders tops, and one broadening top.

The answer is on the next slide.
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chart pattern
Question 1: Do you buy, short, or avoid trading this stock?
Question 2: What is your price target?
Question 3: What is your stop loss price?
See the next slide for an answer.
3 / 4
chart pattern

Shown is the weekly chart.

Answer 1 (buy?): Buy because of the upward breakout. Diamond tops with upward breakouts in a bull market rank 39 out of 39 (last) for overall performance, with 1 being best. If you think of a diamond as a loose consolidation region, use caution when trading them. I've noticed that tight regions (tight flags or pennants where the price action is more horizontal instead of vertical, and packed together) perform better according to my research. The region from 3/23/05 to 4/6/05 at around 36 is tight (see prior chart). The May-June diamond is loose.

Answer 2 (Target?): Measure the height of the diamond from top to bottom and project it from the breakout price (where price pierces the diamond trendline).

Answer 3 (Stop?): Place the stop below the diamond bottom.

Here's my notebook entry for a trade in this stock. "7/6/05 I want to buy this stock because it's making a new high out of congestion. On the longer scale, it looks like a flat base breakout [rectangle top, really]. Even though the market is down today, the stock is up. Unfortunately, with such a strong up move, I fear a retrace is likely. That's what my gut says, so I'm going to wait for price to collapse before taking a position."

Price has closed above the two peaks in Feb and Dec 2004 (circled on this chart). That's a good sign if it can move higher. Question: Is the stock still a buy?

The next slide shows the answer.
4 / 4
chart pattern

This is still on the weekly scale but price moved up, throwing back after July, but trending higher. I should have bought, but didn't... Notice how price tumbled after the diamond tops.

The End.

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