Friday, April 20, 2007

Breakout Chart: XOM

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) broke out to new highs on above average volume. A low volume pullback to the prior highs, just under $79, would normally provide a good entry point.

While the breakout is bullish, there are some concerns for this stock. Notice the negative divergences in both RSI and stochastics. One would expect new highs in RSI and stochastics when price hits new highs, but here the two indicators are trending down. While this is not bullish, I would not short until confirmation of the divergence. If price pulls back below the old high, we might see a quick short opportunity.

Playing armchair quarterback, it's easy to see a missed opportunity for entry at $76. Here we had atextbook breakout from a "W" bottom formation.

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