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A High and Tight Pennant Takes Shape for Paychex

Arthur Hill | 

Flags and pennants are continuation patterns, which means their bias depends on the direction of the prior move. A flag or pennant after a surge is a bullish continuation pattern that represents a rest within the uptrend. An upside break signals an end to this consolidation and a resumption of the bigger uptrend. These are short-term patterns for more aggressive traders. The chart below shows Paychex with a classic high-and-tight pennant. Notice that the stock hit 52-week highs in December and March, and the 50-day EMA is above the 200-day EMA. The surge from ~57.5 to ~63 (~9%) created a short-term overbought situation and the stock worked this off with a trading range. PAYX recently broke pennant resistance and it looks like the uptrend is set to continue. A break below the pennant low would call for a re-evaluation. 

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About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. He has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities magazine. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed technician. In addition to his CMT designation, Arthur holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London.
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