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TJX Companies Reverses with Big Spinning Top


Retail stocks surged last week and discounter TJX Companies ($TJX) bounced off support with high volume. Technically, the big trend is still down because the 50-day EMA is below the 200-day EMA and TJX is below the 200-day EMA. These EMAs are not shown on the chart to keep it clean.

Despite the overall downtrend, TJX looks promising from a bullish standpoint because it reversed at support on big volume. Notice how the stock formed a massive spinning top after last week's gap down. The spinning top shows indecision because the open and close are in the middle of a large high-low range. Basically, prices gapped down with an open at 67.60, fell further with a dip to 66.44, bounced with a surged to 69.59 and ended up near the open with a close at 67.94. There was a whole lot of pushing and shoving during the day, but not much change from open to close.

Indecision can lead to a directional change and TJX reversed course with a bounce the next three days. This bounce off support is impressive because it occurred with high upside volume on two of the last three days. Also note that competitor Ross Stores (ROST) hit a new high and discounter Big Lots (BIG) broke out. 

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at 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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