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VerSign Holds One Key Moving Average and Retakes Another


The broad market environment remains rather negative overall with the S&P 500 well below its falling 200-day SMA and volatility increasing over the last few months. Note that the different environments were highlighted in ChartWatchers this weekend. After a sharp decline into Christmas, stocks rebounded over the last two weeks and this rebound remains in play. As such, I will focus on a bullish setup today. Also note that earnings season starts soon.

VeriSign (VRSN) surged to a 52-week high with a big gap in early November and then corrected over the last two months. The long-term trend is still up because the stock largely held the rising 200-day SMA and the 50-day SMA remains above the 200-day SMA.

There are signs that the correction could be ending as the stock turns up and breaks its 50-day SMA. The indicator window confirms this upturn as MACD moved above its signal line with an move higher this year.

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