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Use Fibonacci Retracement levels for peace of mind

Here’s a recent example of how I use Fibonacci retracement levels for peace of mind, and to make a quick assessment of an investments chart.

An online friend of mine that works for a large investment bank asked me on June 20th, 2013 what direction I thought the market was going to take, since the markets, in general, had been retreating over the previous several days. Not wanting to do a whole lot of fundamental research on the matter, I quickly pulled up the one year chart of the QQQ Powershares Trust, which pretty much mimics the NASDAQ.

QQQ powershares chart June 24 2013.JPG 12 month chart

Most charts won’t initially look like this, because they don’t usually show the trading channel, which I drew with the two parallel yellow lines, or the squiggly looking curving envelope that surrounds the share prices pattern, called Bollinger Bands, or the horizontal Fibonacci retracement levels,  starting at the low of a charts’ price range, and going to its high point, indicating various levels of support and resistance in a stock chart.

Which way do we go?

What I saw was this. He had asked me what direction I thought it was going to go in next, on June 20th, 2013, after the market pulled back on pretty decent volume. I pulled up the chart and saw that the share price was close to a Fibonacci retracement level at around $69.40. But it wasn’t there yet. I told him that if volume on the 21st, which was a Friday, matched the volume of the 20th, on a further retracement, then he might look for $69.40 to be tested on the following Monday. The following Monday $69.40 was retested, on larger volume, and pierced, with the share price falling below that support level, but by the end of the day, closed above that support level.

No need to stress, when you know where support is.

Basically, by understanding how to use a tool like a Fibonacci retracement levels, I could know where the equities share price was, in relationship to its support and resistance levels, and assess by the volume of shares traded, the likelihood of a following share price event. On another level, knowing the Fibonacci levels of support, and how levels of support and resistance get tested, I wasn’t too overly concerned about a more drastic pullback. I knew the share price had to first test the support level at $69.40 before I needed to focus on a lower support level. So, understanding how to use Fibonacci levels, and volume indicators, gave me a level head and peace of mind when assessing the QQQ Powershares chart.

I have no position in the QQQ Powershares Trust.


John George Campbell is the author of the book Stock Market Baseball, about how John increased the value of his trading portfolio 500% one year, and followed that up with a 200% gain the following year, on assets traded. Those results were tied directly to John teaching himself technical anaylsis, and for taking a small ball approach to trading. Like winning in the game of baseball by hitting for lots of singles and doubles, and the occasional home run.

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