AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc was trading slightly lower on Thursday after Wedbush downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underperform and gave a 12-month price target of $7.50.
“Ultimately the majority of retail ownership will eventually cash out and move on,” analyst Alicia Reese wrote in a note. That is yet to be seen, however, as the r/amcstock community continues to grow in members as more traders appear to join the “ape” movement.
AMC is expected to print its third-quarter earnings on Monday after the closing bell and retail traders are expecting another big beat. When the theatre chain printed its second-quarter blow-out earnings on Aug. 9, the stock gapped up over 9 percent higher the following morning but closed the trading session down about 14 percent off the open.
The AMC Chart
On Oct. 27, AMC broke bearishly through a pennant pattern the stock has been trading in since reaching a June 2 all-time high of $72.62. There was no bearish follow through on the break, however, and the stock traded sideways for the following two trading sessions.
In AMC’s sideways consolidation the stock created a bullish double bottom pattern at the $34.58 level and on Nov. 1 bust back up through the lower ascending trendline of the pattern. On Nov. 3, the stock attempted to break up bullishly from the pennant but rejected and fell back into the pattern.
Although AMC soared over 27 percent higher from the double bottom mark, the stock has yet to print a higher low to confirm an uptrend. Bullish traders may be waiting for the confirmation a new uptrend is beginning before taking a position.
On Thursday, AMC was printing a second long-legged doji candlestick and an inside bar pattern within Thursday’s long-legged doji candlestick. The inside bar pattern leans bullish because the stock was trading higher before creating the pattern.
AMC is trading above the eight-day and 21-day exponential moving averages (EMAs) and the eight-day EMA is currently crossing above the 21-day, both of which are bullish indicators. The stock is trading slightly below the 50-day simple moving average, which is acting as resistance and indicates longer-term sentiment is bearish.
By Melanie Schaffer
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