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Technical analysis: MTN breaks out

Published Aug 7, 2012


Colin Abrams

After moving sideways for almost 18 months, MTN has given an upside breakout. This is positive news for the future.

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MTN: Bullish breakout

Broad recommendation: Buy a pullback

Trend: Short and medium term up. Long term flat to up.

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Strategy: Buy on a pullback to R151.


n MTN recently broke out of a long, sideways channel (lines 1 and 2). The principle is, the longer the consolidation pattern, the larger will be the ensuing breakout move. Therefore, the current breakout augurs well going forward.

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n The weekly stochastic oscillator (on top) is overbought, which is the only immediate concern. Any pullback or correction will be temporary.

n Due to the price being overbought at present, wait for a pullback to R151 to buy. Note, line 2 resistance is at R147.

n Minimum upside target is R169, measured as the height of the channel projected up. As this channel is so large, expect that target to be comfortably exceeded over time. A further target is R198.

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n The initial stop loss when buying on the pullback is a weekly (that is, Friday) close below R144. Once it nears R167, take partial profits and raise your stop loss to protect profits.

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