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Norfolk Southern (NSC) Brakes At New Highs

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Norfolk Southern put in a weak break to new highs today. In the zoom box on the right, the candle was a nice clean break out but at the end of the day, it had fully reversed and closed lower than the open.  It did close up compared to Monday, so it will show as bullish volume, but its a little suspect. 


A few things to note on the chart. The MACD is making a lower high here as the price tries to break out. Rather than suggesting NSC won't go higher, it just might need a little pullback and reset the momentum oscillators. One other clue I don't like is how deep the MACD went on the Feb , March 2018 lows. Sometimes this can be an indication of losing buyers. So on the next rally after the deeper pullback, you may find the stock hasn't got the buying interest to hold new highs and this end up marking an intermediate high. 

With the overall market in full speed ahead mode, this candle and momentum setup looks weak. I'd keep a tight stop if I owned and would wait for a better entry if I didn't.


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Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA
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Greg Schnell
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com specializing in intermarket and commodities analysis. Based in Calgary, he is a board member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the chairman of the CSTA Calgary chapter. He is also the author of Stock Charts for Dummies (Wiley, 2018). Learn More
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