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Volatility Contracts as J&J Consolidates

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) appears to be ending its consolidation period with a surge and triangle breakout over the last three days. Overall, the stock is in a long-term uptrend because it hit a 52-week high in June and remains well above the rising 200-day moving average. JNJ consolidated after hitting this high by forming a triangle over the last few months. Notice that Bandwidth dipped to its lowest level since January as volatility contracted into late August. This is typical for a consolidation and it looks like volatility is turning back up as the stock breaks out. 

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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. Learn More
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