Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stock Technicals

A year ago, anyone that stuck it out in the market and/or bought more did very well. Some stocks "only" doubled and some went up 10 or 20 fold. UT went up over 300% from the lows but since its still a sub $3 stock, its still fairly quiet and disappointing for longs that have been in it for far too long.

In this post, I will focus on the long term downtrend of the stock. I could go all the way to the $80 range but I'll stick with the 7-year bear market back to 2003 or so. I've posted a chart for reference (you may need to adjust to plot the 7-year chart).;range=20030313,20100329;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=on;source=undefined

During the last few years, the stock has had a "run" from $5 to almost $11 and from $2.23 to $5.94. However, as we know, those runs were primarily based on sellout environments and not on company operational performance. The operational side has been so bad that it hasn't had an operating profit since 2005 (due to the large recognition from Softbank) so it was really 2004 since the last sustained profitable environment.

In the last post, I discussed some potential drivers for revenue/earnings growth as this is a crucial time for the stock. Looking at the chart, it is either just another rally in this (atleast) 7-year downtrend, or a true change in operational performance/consistency that longs are waiting for.

There are two Major resistance I see around the $3 area, one being the 7-year downtrend line and the other horizontal resistance from July 2007 to March 2008.

There can be a lot of further discussions on the company's fundamentals but at this juncture, the stock technicals are the main storyline. This would be a good time to sell if you had been waiting to take profits or cut losses. However, if it breaks $3, then, we will be in uncharted territory as the longterm stock decline will have been broken. At that point, I believe we will test the last high of $5.94 somewhere down the road. Regardless of whether it breaks it (or not; $3 level), there will be violent moves as the $3 level is a crucial resistance level.

Have a good week everyone.