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Walmart Makes a Move with Good Volume

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Walmart (WMT) is making waves again with a massive breakout in August and a small breakout on Tuesday.

WMT underperformed the market the first half of the year with a 25% decline from the January high to the May low. The stock firmed in May, began rising in June and broke resistance in early August. This breakout was solidified with a massive gap on big volume in August 16th.

The advance and gap created an overbought condition that needed to be worked off. The stock alleviated this condition with a falling wedge, which acts as a correction or the pause that refreshes.

Programming Note: I will be on MarketWatchers Live with Tom and Erin today (Wednesday) at 12PM ET. Among other things, I will explain the Chandelier Exit and how it works.

In an unusual twist, upside volume within the wedge outpaced downside volume. This suggests accumulation within the wedge. It looks like the correction has ended because the stock broke the wedge line and exceeded its late September high with an uptick in volume.

I view this breakout as bullish and expect a challenge to the January high in the coming weeks and months. A close below 92 would call for a re-evaluation of my bullish assessment.


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Arthur Hill
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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