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Varian Medical Successfully Tests Breakout Zone

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Healthcare stocks are leading the market and many were featured in Tuesday's show, On Trend. See below for details. Today I am highlighting Varian Medical (VAR) because it seems to be in the early stages of an uptrend.

Normally, I do not highlight stocks that trended lower for most of 2018. However, this stock is in a strong sector and some long-term indicators are turning positive. The 50-day EMA moved above the 200-day EMA and price has been above the 200-day EMA the entire month.

The chart below shows the stock breaking out with a big surge in October that included two gaps. The breakout zone in the 113-114 area turned into support and held on the throwback. This is a classic tenet of technical analysis: broken resistance turns support.

The stock surged off support with another big move the last four days and it looks like the big trend is now up. The indicator window shows the strength of recent momentum as RSI moved from below 30 to above 70 in a few weeks. This was also the first time that RSI has been above 70 since January.


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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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