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Chart of the week: can Tui get off the ground as lockdowns ease?

Our chartist asks if the company can regain the status of its glory days.

15th March 2021 12:10

John Burford from interactive investor

Our chartist asks if the company can regain the status of its glory days.

TUI (LSE:TUI), the major tour, cruise and travel company, performed a belly flop following the coronavirus crash a year ago – a not unexpected event as news of the pandemic spread.

It was already losing altitude off its all-time high, set in May 2018 at the lofty £18 valuation. It hit the ground on 16 March last year at the £2 mark.

But despite generally poor news since then (including Boeing (NYSE:BA)s woes), the shares have inched up off the ground.

Of course, the big question is this: is this one of my great ‘buy low, sell high’ candidates, or is the company forever doomed not to regain the glory days of free and easy travel existing pre-pandemic?

Here is the long-term weekly chart:

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

The decline off the all-time high is in a clear three-wave pattern, and that supports a bullish view as three waves characterise a corrective phase to the one larger trend. 

Note the market has pushed up to meet the major trendline off the all-time high. 

Any advance from here above this trendline would be a potentially very bullish signpost with one target around £8.

Here is a close-up of recent action showing a lovely five-wave wedge in formation. 

The lower trendline has four very accurate hits, and thus can be considered a very reliable line of support to any possible further declines below it.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

The general expectation is that global travel restrictions are about to be gradually lifted. So chances are the advance can continue, especially if the resistance at the weekly chart trendline and at the above wedge upper trendline can be overcome.

Note the latest dip to the £3 level mid-February back to the lower wedge line was a very low-risk buy entry for those that were following this share on a daily basis.  In general, buying into major support is a high probability tactic with good odds of success.

Of course, from here much will depend on the success of each nations vaccine roll-out. This is not a given, even in some advanced countries, apparently – but nations that heavily depend on tourism will be straining at the leash to get visitors in as promptly as possible.

I remain bullish (latest £4.30) but any major drop below the £3 print would send me back to the drawing board.

John Burford is the author of the definitive text on his trading method, Tramline Trading. He is also a freelance contributor and not a direct employee of interactive investor.

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