Technical Analysis: A 3-Weeks-Tight Pattern on Chart Indicates an Extra Buy Point

Oftentimes, if a stock progress well, you may want to increase the holding of that stock in your portfolio. In such cases, to take a follow-up entry can be a smart move. At William O’Neil, we analyze how the best growth stocks behave soon after a strong breakout. It was observed that if a true market leader with top-notch fundamentals holds firm near a certain price level for at least three straight weeks, it can give the alert investor a chance to add shares ahead of another solid price run. 

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Reading Stock Charts: How to Count Bases And Why You Should?

Over the last couple of months, we discussed about identifying a correct buy point using common chart pattern/base formation such as cup-with-handle, double bottom, and flat base. Along with the type of base, it is important to understand the stages of base.

Stages begin at one and increase with each subsequent base pattern formed. The magnitude of the move between two base patterns will determine whether the stage moves numerically or alphabetically. If the price move from the pivot point of the prior base to the left side high of the current base is 20% or more, the stage will increase by a factor of 1—for example, from Stage 1 to Stage 2.

If the price move is less than 20%, the stage will increase by an alphabetic factor—Stage 1a to Stage 1b.

The base stage and count are always reset to 1 once an intraday low price undercuts the low of a previous base.

The current leaders in the market have formed both early- and late-stage bases. Base stages help investors identify the progress a stock has made in its price advance, the biggest clue to a stock’s remaining growth potential.

It is a good idea to track the number of bases a stock has formed during its current run-up. As a rule of thumb, try to buy stocks that are breaking out of the first or second base of their run. Late-stage bases are riskier. Late-stage means a base that is number three or higher in the base count.

After forming a fourth base, most growth stocks can’t rally much further, if at all. What usually follows is a long, steep slide. After a stock has had a large advance without a major correction, the probabilities are greater that institutional investors will cash in their profits and push the price into a serious decline.

By the time a stock forms a late-stage base, it is usually widely known to investors and running short on fresh buyers. In addition, the late-stage base tends to have unsteady price swings, bouts of strong selling, or other flaws. It is the chart’s way of telling you that the best buying opportunities are gone.

Late-stage patterns can work and sometimes do lead to nice gains, but you should understand that they involve more risk. If you buy a stock on a late-stage breakout, be sure to cut your losses quickly if the stock fails to gain traction and begins to head south.

Related:Cup-with-handle base

Double Bottom Base

Flat base

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Technical analysis: Breakouts, A Key To Materialize Gains

Even when the market is in a Confirmed Uptrend, it is important to initiate your positions at the proper time in stock. A breakout from a base pattern is considered an ideal time to buy a stock. When markets are correcting, three out of four stocks feel the pressure. Even fundamentally strong stocks with good financial strength and growth story fail to deliver results expected of them. So, even when the market seems to be reviving, one feels inhibited to actively take positions in individual stocks. Before the situation becomes clear, all good stocks would have already rallied and what’s left is a lost opportunity.

How does one cope and find a reliable and profitable way out of this randomness? Thanks to technical analysis and historical research, there are tools that can bring some method to this madness and be beneficial.

What is a breakout?

A breakout is the key to realize your reward that you earned through patience and extensive stock selection. Almost all rallies in stocks are preceded by strong and clear breakouts. When you have selected a stock with a convincing growth story but are confused about when to make an entry so as to make profits with minimum risk, that’s when you observe the price chart closely. When a credible breakout is observed, it’s the perfect time to put your money in the stock.

A breakout is a phenomenon that a stock exhibits after making a sound base pattern (any of the five bases), indicating that it’s ready for a rally. There’s a set pivot price which is dependent on the shape and form of the base pattern (like cup-with-handle, saucer-with-handle, flat base, etc.). When the stock crosses and ends above that pivot price, it’s said to have broken out and is set for further upside.


Here’s an example of a successful breakout. Coromandel International formed a cup-with-handle base, as visible on the daily chart. The stock broke out of its pivot price on strong volume and progressed well. Subsequent to the breakout, the stock gave more than 20% return in seven weeks.


Signs of a good breakout

  1. The base pattern of the chart from which the stock is breaking out from should be convincing with its shape, depth, and price-volume action along its formation.
  2. Ideally, a good breakout is supported by strong volume, and is typically 40% higher than 50-day average volume. Strong volume indicates credible participation from institutional investors. Therefore, the stronger the volume is, the healthier the breakout will be.
  3. Strong price action is favorable in a breakout. Gap up movements (stock opening significantly above previous day’s close and maintaining the gain) and stock ending near the day’s high are good signs to see accompanying breakouts.
  4. A good breakout should have the support of a Confirmed Uptrend in the overall market. Breakouts in such markets have a higher chance of strong rally.


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Share Market Tips: Not Every Stock Market Follow-through Works


In the stock market, nothing works 100% of the time. That’s why you have to be prepared to deal with failed signals. In CAN SLIM, the market itself – the M in CAN SLIM – is the most important factor for making money. Your chances of grabbing profits in growth stocks increase when the market is acting right.

According to the O’Neil methodology, every major stock market bottom featured a follow-through day. It essentially confirms that a fledgling uptrend in stocks is underway.

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