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A Bullish Continuation Pattern Evolves for Accenture

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Semiconductor stocks fell hard in May, but many software names held up quite well in May and simply consolidated. Accenture is one such name as the stock held above the breakout zone and simply consolidated the last five weeks.

First and foremost, the long-term trend is up because Accenture (ACN) is above its rising 200-day SMA. In addition, the stock hit a 52-week high in early May and remains above the breakout zone (blue area).

After a gap and surge to new highs, the stock consolidated above the 170 level. I elected to draw the lower line of a triangle after Tuesday's bounce and this looks like a consolidation after a sharp advance. Triangles after advances are typically bullish continuation patterns and a breakout at 180 would signal a continuation higher.  

The indicator window shows 65-day Aroon Up and Aroon Down. Note that Aroon Up (65) hits 100 when the stock records a 65-day high and Aroon Down (65) hits 100 when the stock records a 65-day low. ACN started recording 65-day lows in mid October and did not record a 65-day high until mid March. Aroon Up hovered in the 90-100 area as the stock kept recording 65-day highs and then fell back in May. I do not view this as negative because the stock is just moving sideways. A 65-day low or Aroon Down move to 100 would, however, call for a reassessment of the bigger uptrend.


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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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