Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and rest of the world. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. It operates through Google and Other Bets segments. The Google segment includes principal Internet products, such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Google Cloud, Android, Chrome, and Google Play, as well as technical infrastructure and newer efforts, including Virtual Reality. The Other Bets segment includes businesses, such as Access, Calico, CapitalG, GV, Nest, Verily, Waymo, X, and Google Fiber.
Take a look at the 1-year chart of Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) with the added notations:
GOOGL may have formed a bearish chart pattern known as a double top. Double tops are reversal patterns and are as simple as they sound: Rallying up to a point (T), selling off to a support, and then rallying back up again to approximately the same top (T).
GOOGL appears to have formed the double top price pattern (red) over the last 4 months. As with any price pattern, a confirmation of the pattern is needed. GOOGL would confirm its pattern by breaking the $9200 support (green) that was created by the double top pattern.
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The Tale of the Tape: GOOGL has formed a potential double top. A short trade could be made on a break of the $920 level. Since there is no guarantee of a breakdown, a long trade could be made at $920 if a trader is willing to disregard the pattern.
Before making any trading decision, decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the highest probability of success. Do you prefer the short side of the market, long side, or do you want to be in the market at all? If you haven’t thought about it, review the overall indices themselves. For example, take a look at the S&P 500. Is it trending higher or lower? Has it recently broken through a key resistance or support level? Making these decisions ahead of time will help you decide which side of the trade you believe gives you the best opportunities.
No matter what your strategy or when you decide to enter, always remember to use protective stops and you’ll be around for the next trade. Capital preservation is always key!
Christian Tharp, CMT
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