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Docusign Breaks from Consolidation Pattern


Docusign (DOCU), a company that provides e-signature solutions, started trading on August 27th and surged over 30% on its IPO. The stock advanced another 65% after this initial gain and then fell back to the IPO price in October. Notice that the six month lockup period ended on October 24th and the stock established support in the 40 area the next two months. The stock moved higher in the first quarter and the chart looks bullish after a consolidation breakout in late April.

Even though there is less than a year of price history, there is enough to form an opinion on the short-term and long-term trends. DOCU broke out above a clear resistance zone in late January and advanced to the upper 50s. The stock is currently above its rising 200-day SMA and the long-term trend is up. Also note that RSI is trading in its bull range (40 to 80).

Turning short-term, the stock became extended after a 50+ percent advance and needed to work off this condition. DOCU traded flat for five weeks and formed a triangle. The consolidation after the advance did the trick and this triangle is a bullish continuation pattern. With a move above the mid April high, DOCU broke out and signaled a continuation of the prior advance. Chartists can mark support at the April lows and re-evaluate on a close below these lows.

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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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