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Selling Allows PNC Financial To Unwind For Solid Reward To Risk Trade


While it would be great for the stock market to rise every day without any selling whatsoever, that's just not practical.  As a trader, I await episodes of selling to set up much better reward to risk trades in stocks that remain in long-term uptrends.  Enter PNC Financial (PNC).  On October 13th, PNC reported revenues ($4.13 bil vs. $4.11 bil) and EPS ($2.16 vs. $2.13) that beat Wall Street consensus estimates and that's helped PNC lead the banking group higher.  But the selling the past few trading sessions has now set PNC up as a potential trade:

Slowing price momentum was evident on the most recent high closes as the MACD had turned lower.  That sets up a potential 50 day SMA test (pink arrow), which it accomplished with today's weakness.  This also coincides with recent price support tests at this very level as well (green arrows).  PNC is also testing its relative support (blue arrows) at a time when its RSI has dipped just beneath 40.  RSI 40 normally provides solid support during uptrends and, with the exception of early September, has been doing so for PNC as well.

All of this leads me to speculate that PNC will move higher from here.  A quick upside target would be 138-139, while a closing stop could be considered beneath 131.50 to minimize downside risk.

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist at, where he provides stock market education, guidance, and trading strategies using a unique combination of technical, fundamental, and historical analysis. Tom provides members with four portfolios (Model, Aggressive, Income, and Value), all designed to beat the benchmark S&P 500, and a revolving Watch List of hundreds of companies reporting strong quarterly earnings (must beat both revenue and EPS estimates) and exhibiting technical strength as well. These companies comprise EarningsBeats' annotated Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL), from which Tom trades exclusively. Tom writes a Daily Market Report (DMR) for members to include an executive summary, market outlook, sector/industry watch, and trading ideas. Learn More
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