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When we reviewed 3M Company (MMM) back on January 20 we we wrote that "MMM... may eventually do better when investors sense that the economy is indeed going to do better, but at this juncture in time the charts and indicators suggest further sideways price action."
MMM traded sideways into early March and then began a nice rally.
How do the charts look now?
In this updated daily bar chart of MMM, below, we can see that the shares rallied into May/June but were unable to sustain strength above $205. The shares are trading above the 50-day moving average line but the trading volume has not expanded to tell us that the rally is gaining momentum.
The daily On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line has turned sideways from early June and is not foreshadowing new price highs at this moment. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has turned upwards and could soon cross the zero line for a buy signal.
In the weekly Japanese candlestick chart of MMM, below, we can see the price action of the past three years. Prices are still pointed up but the candles since June strike me as a variation of a rising three-methods pattern. There is a sharp decline and red candle followed by small real bodies that stay within the boundaries of the red candle. Another bearish red candle should follow shortly.
The weekly OBV line is pointed up and bullish but the MACD oscillator is pointed lower.
In this daily Point and Figure chart of MMM, below, we can see a potential downside price target in the $177 area.
In this weekly close only Point and Figure chart of MMM, below, we can see that prices have reached a price target in the $202 area. The shares could trade higher but this is a clue that some technically oriented traders of MMM could be taking profits.
Bottom-line strategy: If you are long MMM I suggest raising stops to $194 in case MMM declines with weakness in the broader market.
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