Will The Bears Viciously Attack Lowe's Again?
Published May 31, 2017
Lowe's (LOW) is setting up to repeat previous large declines after its most recent earnings call. The stock has been in a bullish trend since 2015. The stock has cycled in tight channels up and down throughout this bullish run. Currently Lowe's just repeated movement that has resulted in a two quick 13% drops. Near-term downward movement is outlined below.
When we take a look at other technical indicators, the relative strength index (RSI) is at 30.2113. RSI tends to determine trends, overbought and oversold levels as well as likelihood of price swings. I personally use anything above 75 as overbought and anything under 25 as oversold. Currently the RSI is near oversold levels. This indicator does contradict my projected movement, however, both previous similar pattern instances kept the RSI hovering around oversold levels during the course of their drops.
The true strength index (TSI) is currently 1.8606. The TSI determines overbought/oversold levels and/or current trend. I solely use this as an indicator of trend as overbought and oversold levels vary. The TSI is double smoothed in its calculation and is a great indicator of upward and downward movement. The TSI is pointing down. More importantly the 50 day moving average on the TSI has begun to trend down. This exact same thing happened the last two times the stock gave up 13%.
The positive vortex indicator (VI) is at 0.7017 and the negative is at 1.1622. When the positive level is higher than 1 and higher than the negative indicator, the overall price action is moving upward. When the negative level is higher than 1 and higher than the positive indicator, the overall price action is moving downward. Currently the stock is dropping per the trend and position of these indicators.
The stochastic oscillator K value is 23.1291 and D value is 22.7512. This is a cyclical oscillator that is highly accurate and can be used to identify overbought/oversold levels as well as pending reversals and short-term activity. I personally use anything above 80 as overbought and below 20 as oversold. When the K value is higher than the D value, the stock is trending up. When the D value is higher that the K value the stock is trending down. The current signal has the stock flirting with oversold. Similar to the RSI on the last two drops of 13%, the stochastic hovered around oversold territory for a while. This scenario could be repeated this time as well.
During the bull trend, the stock has cycled up and down. When the stock breaks down from its upcycle trend, the stock has dropped 13%. This occurred in early 2016 and again in August of 2016. Both drops occurred within 25 trading days. On May 24, the stock broke down from its recent uptrend. A 13% drop would take the stock down to 69.85. A fairly likely drop could bring the stock down to at least 75.50 in the near-term.
Considering the RSI, TSI, VI and stochastic levels, the overall direction favors a move to the downside. Based on historical movement compared to current levels and the current position, the stock could drop at least 4% over the next 34 trading days if not sooner.
DISCLOSURE: I currently do not have positions in the stock mentioned above. I may enter a position within the next 72 hours. Historical movements and technical indicators should never be the sole basis for entering positions involving risk. Make sure appropriate research is conducted prior to taking any risk in a marketplace.