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WMT Reaches Support Zone: What Does It Say About U.S. Economy?

By Mike PaulenoffStock MarketsMay 17, 2022 12:53PM ET
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WMT Reaches Support Zone: What Does It Say About U.S. Economy?
By Mike Paulenoff   |  May 17, 2022 12:53PM ET
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Yesterday morning with Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) trading at 148.05, we wrote:
"The $64,000 technical question concerning WMT is whether or not any forthcoming negative reaction will fully test both the very modestly up-sloping 100 and 200 DMAs, now clustered at 144.70/80?
"My near- and intermediate-term pattern and momentum work argue that a positive reaction to earnings must climb and close above 151.00 to trigger nearest-term upside reversal signals off of last Friday's low at 146.14 (9% off of the 4/21/22 all-time high at 160.77). In the absence of a close above 151.00 (just a 1.1% rally from current levels), WMT will remain vulnerable to another loop down that tests critical MA support in and around 144.75 that must contain the weakness to avert considerably more downside potential that projects into multi-month support from 132 to 135."

After this morning's report that unveiled a miss on EPS and a beat on revenues, but was accompanied by lower guidance "in a high-expense environment," WMT shares dropped much lower, to a low of 133.20 so far, right in our downside target zone.

More importantly, is that the weakness has inflicted serious technical damage to my Daily Chart, largely because WMT has plunged beneath its clustered 100 and 200 DMAs, now at just beneath 145. The price structure is heading towards a challenge of year-long support from 132 to 135, which must contain any additional weakness to avert "locking-in" a major distribution top formation that will project much lower prices for WMT in the ensuing weeks.

My sense from the new, deteriorating technical setup is that WMT is reflecting a squeezed consumer, reeling from higher inflation, especially in the form of higher food and gasoline prices that threaten to send the economy into recession. If WMT breaks year-long support from 132 to 135, then the behavior of the stock will be telling us the U.S. economy is in recession.
Walmart Daily Chart.
Walmart Daily Chart.
Mike Paulenoff is co-founder of MPTrader.com, a live Trading Room featuring his analysis of equity indices, commodities, cryptocurrencies, and trending stocks and ETFs.
WMT Reaches Support Zone: What Does It Say About U.S. Economy?
 

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WMT Reaches Support Zone: What Does It Say About U.S. Economy?

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It tells me no body wants to shop at WM because it is not the.WM of the past. Nothing I want. N checkers. U scan lives down. Trying to be Target Lite. Ging broke.
 
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