While GOOGLE (GOOG) made my long position trading watchlist (entry at 50 day moving average), I could not help but notice the startling RSI, OBV and stochastic divergences that have formed at the current new highs.
For those who don’t know, a negative divergence forms when price increases while the indicators decrease. As you can see from the chart below, that is precisely what is happening to Google.
While it is tempting to short a stock at the moment a divergence is spotted, only aggressive traders willing to take on high risk or use a very tight stop should go short now. The more prudent way to play this divergence is to wait for the stock to break below the old high before going short. Here we would short on a break below $535, with a stop above the old high and a target near the 50 day moving average, approximately $520.
While the stock is on my very short term “short” watchlist, it is also on my longer term postion trading “long” watchlist. I would enter long on a pullback to the 50 day moving average. In an ideal world, I’d be able to short down to the moving average, then reverse and go long.