BATS.L closes below its opening price unable to hold early session gains
British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BATS.L) Technical Analysis Report for May 17, 2018
BATS.L finished Thursday at 3815.00 losing £25.00 (-0.65%) on high volume. Trading £44.50 higher after the open, BATS was unable to hold its gains as the bears took control ending the day below its opening price. Closing within the previous day's range, prices failed to decisively move past the prior day's trading range in a lackluster session. Ending with a weak close near the low of the day sets a bearish note for the next session.
Thursday's trading range was £55.00 (1.44%), that's below last trading month's daily average range of £91.90. Things look different on a weekly scale, where volatility is way below the markets average with the monthly volatility being way below average.
Prices are trading close to a key support level at 3775.00. After having been unable to move lower than 3809.00 in the previous session, the market found buyers again around the same price level today at 3814.00. After spiking up to 3869.00 during the day, the stock found resistance at the 20-day moving average at 3854.22.
The trend is clearly bearish, showing an intact downtrend in the short, medium and long-term.
Buying might accelerate should prices move above the nearby swing high at 3878.50 where further buy stops could get activated. Selling might speed up should prices move below the close-by swing low at 3800.50 where further sell stops could get triggered.
While classical technical analysis indicates a neutral sentiment for the next trading day, our quantitative statistics show a different picture being bearish.