I usually do not short extended stocks unless I see a major divergence signal or at least one distrubution day. However, I decided to take a small short position in HAL today.
Technically, the stock still looks great and there are no major divergences. The 52 week high in price is confirmed by RSI, OBV and stochastics. So why am I making an exception to my “don’t short strong momo stocks” rule?
The answer is the stock has gone too far without a pullback, is now extremely oversold, and significantly above the 50 day moving average. I recently researched momo stocks going back six years and found this is a good, quick short opportunity.
Looking at this stock over the past year, when it does make a run it lasts 8-10 points (see May, August and February). The stock has currently run up about 10 points. I see a pullback in its future.
Note that I don’t go “all-in” with this setup. I use a small position size with tight risk management. For this trade, I went short 200 shares at $44.83. My stop is in the $46-47 range with a target of $40. This gives me a reward to risk ratio of 2:1.