Medium term
Trade view / 26 September 2014 at 13:23 GMT

Mastercard charges lower, breaks key support

Trader /
United States
Instrument: MA:xnys
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Shares of global payment solutions company Mastercard (MA) dropped 3% on Thursday, cutting below a key support line. Active investors and traders now have a defined risk trade setup on the short side.

The stock prices of credit card providers like Mastercard and Visa have seen massive gains over the past few years, but the action has been decidedly more muted in 2014. 

On the weekly logarithmic chart below, note that the stock topped in January after a too-quick rise and began a mean-reversion move to the 2010 support line. Since then, the stock has mostly traded sideways below the support line. 

In the bigger picture, if (and it's a big if) the stock wants to mean-revert lower in a more meaningful way and consolidate some of its four-year rally, then the sideways consolidation move this year was a good start. In other words, intermediate trend changes don't happen overnight.

Source: Saxo Bank

On the daily chart, which is where my focus for this current trade setup in MA lies, the stock has traced out a narrowing wedge for much of this year, with the medium-term moving averages (50-,100- and 200-day simple moving averages) all trading closely together. 

With Tuesday's drop, the stock fell out of this wedge and now looks to have room towards the $70 area as momentum could accelerate.

Source: esignal

Management and risk description

The biggest risk to this trade, considering the still-constructive pattern of the broader financial sector, is that Thursday's breakdown was just a fake-out move that quickly gets recaptured by the bulls. Should this happen, the bear case for the stock's near term would be off again.


Entry: Short the stock using the CFD at $75.50 or lower.

Stop: $77

Target: $70

Time horizon: Two to four weeks.

— Edited by Michael McKenna

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