Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) jumped higher this past Friday morning after reporting solid earnings Thursday after-the-close. However, the party was short lived. After an initial pop higher, the stock reversed off all-time highs, putting in what is known in the technical analysis world as a topping tail. Topping tails are VERY bearish signals of potential long-term tops.
Today, the stock is doing exactly what pro investors would hope, it is bouncing higher, retracing the tail. The reason an up-day today is beneficial is because it allows for investors shorting Alibaba Group Holding to get a higher entry point and it tightens the stop on the trade. The stop is any daily close above the topping tail high. In this case, the high was $126.40. With the stock currently trading around $125.40, this gives investors a tight $1.00 stop with the potential for a major move down to $104.50. How about that risk/reward? Pretty solid. Ultimately, this is a great bearish topping signal on Alibaba Group Holding and investors can look for a short, if interested.