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Teva Pharmaceuticals set to resume underperformance

May 14, 2012

14 May (blog 3)

Here is another example of a Bollinger band breakout trade, similar to the Mexican pair that I updated earlier today.

This is a health sector pair: long SPDR Health Care (XLV), short Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA), an Israeli company with an ADR.

XLV versus TEVA weekly



  • After a long term downtrend, the ratio based in 2009 and 2010
  • The ratio has consolidated since September 2011, allowing the Bollinger bands to contract to their tightest for years (tightest in three years is the criterion)
  • Last week, the ratio broke above the upper band and the band width expanded
  • The breakout is in the direction of the moving average, something I am looking for now for these trades

Daily chart



  • The ratio is overbought in the short term but that is what happens with volatility breakouts
  • The ratio may or may not pull back in the short term, that isn’t the point. The point is, this is set up to continue higher in the medium term
  • The stop loss is below the mid April low (red arrow)


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