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AT&T Makes a Break for It

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AT&T (T) was one of the worst performing stocks in 2018 with a 20% decline and 52-week low in late December. 2019 is starting out much better with a double-digit gain and a break above the November-February highs, which also mark neckline resistance of an inverse head-and-shoulders pattern.

The inverse head-and-shoulders pattern is a bullish reversal pattern that marks a trend change (from down to up). The left shoulder formed from late October to early December, the head with the December low and the right shoulder with the February-March lows. The peaks across the pattern mark neckline resistance and a break above this resistance zone confirms the pattern.

T is breaking above resistance today and the stock is above its 200-day SMA. However, the 200-day SMA is still falling, the 50-day SMA is below the 200-day SMA and the stock is not even close to a 52-week high. Thus, the long-term evidence is still mixed as far as the actual trend is concerned.

The indicator window shows an improvement in momentum as RSI held the 40-50 zone the last three months. This shows that pullbacks were contained over the last few months. Upside momentum is still not impressive because RSI has yet to exceed 70.

Overall, the cup is half full for AT&T. I would watch the 50-day and the 40-50 zone for RSI going forward. The head-and-shoulders is valid as long as both hold. A close below the 50-day and RSI move below 40 would warrant a re-evaluation.

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