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From a technical perspective, Semtech Corporation (SMTC) is looking like an interesting pick, as it just reached a key level of support. SMTC's 50-day simple moving average crossed above its 200-day simple moving average, which is known as a "golden cross" in the trading world.
A golden cross is a technical chart pattern that can signify a potential bullish breakout. It's formed from a crossover involving a security's short-term moving average breaking above a longer-term moving average, with the most common moving averages being the 50-day and the 200-day, since bigger time periods tend to form stronger breakouts.
Golden crosses have three key stages that investors look out for. It starts with a downtrend in a stock's price that eventually bottoms out, followed by the stock's shorter moving average crossing over its longer moving average and triggering a trend reversal. The final stage is when a stock continues the upward climb to higher prices.
This kind of chart pattern is the opposite of a death cross, which is a technical event that suggests future bearish price movement.
SMTC could be on the verge of a breakout after moving 10.7% higher over the last four weeks. Plus, the company is currently a #1 (Strong Buy) on the Zacks Rank.
Once investors consider SMTC's positive earnings outlook for the current quarter, the bullish case only solidifies. No earnings estimate has gone lower in the past two months compared to 5 revisions higher, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased as well.
With a winning combination of earnings estimate revisions and hitting a key technical level, investors should keep their eye on SMTC for more gains in the near future.
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