As of 04/12/2024
  Indus: 37,983 -475.84 -1.2%  
  Trans: 15,498 -250.79 -1.6%  
  Utils: 855 -6.47 -0.8%  
  Nasdaq: 16,175 -267.11 -1.6%  
  S&P 500: 5,123 -75.65 -1.5%  
YTD
 +0.8%  
-2.5%  
-3.0%  
 +7.8%  
 +7.4%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/12/2024  
  Up arrow39,800 or 37,700 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,200 or 15,000 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow885 or 850 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,700 or 15,800 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow5,250 or 5,025 by 05/01/2024
As of 04/12/2024
  Indus: 37,983 -475.84 -1.2%  
  Trans: 15,498 -250.79 -1.6%  
  Utils: 855 -6.47 -0.8%  
  Nasdaq: 16,175 -267.11 -1.6%  
  S&P 500: 5,123 -75.65 -1.5%  
YTD
 +0.8%  
-2.5%  
-3.0%  
 +7.8%  
 +7.4%  
  Targets    Overview: 04/12/2024  
  Up arrow39,800 or 37,700 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,200 or 15,000 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow885 or 850 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow16,700 or 15,800 by 05/01/2024
  Up arrow5,250 or 5,025 by 05/01/2024

Bulkowski's Varian Semiconductor (VSEA) Quiz

Released 8/12/2022.

VSEA: 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!): Eve & Adam double top, head-and-shoulders bottom, head-and-shoulders top, inverted and ascending scallop, flag.

Answers are on the next slide.
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chart pattern

The head-and-shoulders top has a downward breakout when price closed below the red neckline drawn connecting the two armpits of the chart pattern.

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.
3 / 3
chart pattern

Answer 1 (buy?): If I owned the stock, I would sell immediately. If I wanted to short the stock, then I would do additional research such as the next answers provide. I'd also look at support zones, which this particular quiz doesn't cover.

Answer 2 (target?): I would score the chart pattern. This uses the scoring system I outline in my Trading Classic Chart Patterns book. It weights various factors to determine how likely the stock will be to reach the median decline. I won't go through the analysis this time. However, the system says it's unlikely (score -2) to reach the median decline of 30.41. That's one target.

Also, compute the height of the head-and-shoulders from the head to the neckline directly below and project the height downward from the breakout price. That would give: 41.14 – 35.60 for a height of 5.54. The breakout price is 37.13 so the target is 31.59, quite close to the 30.41 score target. The likelihood of price reaching the predicted target is just 51% so you might want to multiply the height, 5.54, by 51% to get 2.83 and subtract that from the breakout price for a closer target of 34.30.

Answer 3: If shorting this stock, then place a stop above the right shoulder top. That would be about 38.43. Volatility is $1.85 so a stop no closer than 40.22 would work better. That represents a rise of 7% and that's the stop I would use.

You can see that price made a straight line run down to point A, bottoming at 30.13. That is well below the conservative target of 34.30, below the not-so-conservative target of 31.59, and marginally below the median drop to 30.41 the scoring system predicted it would be unlikely to reach!

The End.

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