BATS:MSFT   Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft ( MSFT ) appears to be within an ascending channel and has reached the resistance line that coincides with the peak of an impulse wave (Wave 3). Utilizing the impulse waves within the channel, a price target of $395 seems probable and may provide a decent Puts trade. If the ascending channel provides textbook formation then a low of $365 is also possible, however, volume and selling pressure should be carefully watched around the $395 price level as steeper declines will require more validation.

The following technical indicators give me confidence that significant selling pressure will soon occur:

  • Volume -- except for a single outlier in December -- has been steadily decreasing since the channel developed.

  • On-Balance Volume appears to have reached a ceiling that will need to be carefully watched in the event of a breakout.

  • Relative Strength Index shows an RSI (green) retreating from the overbought zone. While it is experiencing a slight uptick back to the MA (red), there is still plenty of room until the indicators approach oversold or for the RSI to cross from beneath.

  • Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has just crossed its signal line (red) from above and is nosediving downward. In addition, it is showing a divergence as the peaks of the MACD are inverted from the peaks of MSFT's share price.


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