Workday (WDAY)'s Technical Outlook is Bright After Key Golden Cross
Good things could be on the horizon when a stock experiences a golden cross event. How should investors react?
From a technical perspective, Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is looking like an interesting pick, as it just reached a key level of support. WDAY'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.
Over the past four weeks, WDAY has gained 14.7%. The company currently sits at a #2 (Buy) on the Zacks Rank, also indicating that the stock could be poised for a breakout.
The bullish case only gets stronger once investors take into account WDAY's positive earnings outlook for the current quarter. There have been 3 upwards revisions compared to none lower over the past 60 days, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has moved up as well.
Given this move in earnings estimates and the positive technical factor, investors may want to keep their eye on WDAY for more gains in the near future.
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