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Henry Schein Starts to Shine

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Outside of company specifics, the broad market environment and the sector are the biggest influences of a stock's price. The S&P 500 hit a new high recently so we are in a bull market. The Health Care SPDR (XLV) also hit a new high recently and it is one of the leading sectors. This combination bodes well for stocks in the healthcare sector and I will highlight a breakout in Henry Schein (HSIC), a company that supplies dental products and services, as well as healthcare products and services.

First, the long-term trend is up. The chart shows a large inverse head-and-shoulders pattern from November to July. This is a big bullish reversal pattern and the stock broke above resistance with a surge in early August. In addition, the PPO(50,200,0) turned positive and this means the 50-day EMA is above the 200-day EMA.

The stock advanced some 20% from early June to early August and then corrected with a falling wedge. The pattern is a bit volatile with the spike above 84 and gap in late August, but I still view it as a correction after the big surge. Notice that is retraced 50-61.8% of the advance. More importantly, it looks like the correction is ending as the stock broke out of the pattern.


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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. He has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities magazine. 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 technician. In addition to his CMT designation, Arthur holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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