Lloyds Bank: surely the sluggish share price must rev up soon?

by Alistair Strang from Trends and Targets |

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Charts suggest this stock is meant to be going up, but progress is slow.

Lloyds Banking Group

Since we last covered Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY), the share price has exceeded the magical 42p trigger level and is supposed to be going up. Similar to our recent bout of vaccine-related mild flu symptoms, movements are slow, but surely things must speed up anytime soon.

Presently trading around 43.2p, the share price need only better 43.8p to once again hint at the potential for recovery. Unfortunately the pace of growth is proving slightly worrisome, as above 43.8p calculates with the potential of an initial 47.7p, slightly lower than our previous expectation of 50p as a ‘breakout’ target level.

The better news comes if 47.7p is exceeded, thanks to our longer-term potential of 55p remaining an intact ambition. We have some real concerns about the 55p level, as our in-house rules almost demand volatility at such a point.

It shall be interesting, should the market commence gapping (manipulating) Lloyds’s share price up at the opening of trade anytime soon. This will strongly suggest someone else has done their homework and the stock market intends avoid the banking sector opting to park itself at share price levels below the pre-pandemic highs.

For panic to ensue, Lloyds still needs to fall below 36p, risking a sharp 10p drop and a hopeful bounce. Visually, this looks unlikely.

Source: Trends and Targets. Past performance is not a guide to future performance

Alistair Strang has led high-profile and "top secret" software projects since the late 1970s and won the original John Logie Baird Award for inventors and innovators. After the financial crash, he wanted to know "how it worked" with a view to mimicking existing trading formulas and predicting what was coming next. His results speak for themselves as he continually refines the methodology.

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