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Hexcel Bucks the Selling and Holds the Break Zone

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May was a tough month for the broad market indexes and nine of the eleven sectors. Only the Utilities SPDR and Real Estate SPDR advanced in May as the other nine sectors fell. Stocks that closed higher in May bucked some serious selling pressure and could be worth a second look. Hexcel (HXL) is one such stock because it advanced in May and even hit a new high in late May.

The chart shows the stock surging above its 200-day SMA in January and then embarking on a consolidation from February to May. A triangle formed as the stock digested these gains and HXL broke out of the triangle with a surge in late May. The breakout zone around 72 turns into first support and this area is holding (blue zone).

While a move back below the breakout zone would be a mild negative, it would not be enough to derail the bigger uptrend. The stock established support in the 67-68 area with at least three bounces and this level defines the bigger uptrend. A close below 67 would call for a re-evaluation.

The indicator window shows RSI moving above 70 in late January and holding mostly in its bull range (40-80). RSI dipped to 37 in late March, but quickly recovered to maintain the bull range. It is also noteworthy that RSI did not dip below 40 in May as the stock held up well.  


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About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. 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 market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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