Game Trader: Nintendo Quarterly Buy Signal Appears on Stock Chart

A longer term buy signal could yield super gains for patient investors.


Nintendo seems to have turned the corner financially. SuperData estimated last week that Nintendo Switch sold 2.4 Million units in its first month. Niantic also recently announced that Pokemon Go still has 65 million active users. Things seem to be looking up for the Big N, and investors in the stock are finally benefitting. 

I alerted readers in March that Nintendo's Stock (NTDOY) had an actionable monthly buy signal. Shares of NTDOY (the company's American Depository Receipt) had formed an "inside month and up" buy signal above $26.79/share.

NTDOY traded between $24.12/share and $27.89/share in January. The stock traded within that range with a low of $24.68/share and a high of $26.76/share in February. The buy signal became actionable last month when the stock traded above $26.76/share. NTDOY hit a high of $30.96 before closing the month of March at $29.02/share. Not a bad trade, if you were lucky enough to catch it.

The nice thing about my technical (chart-based) trading philosophy is that these signals can occur on multiple time frames, even quarters. Today, Nintendo's stock has a brand new trading signal that could lead to even more gains for patient investors. 

We may finally get a resolution to the battle being waged inside that trading range formed during the Pokemania of July 2016. NTDOY traded in a range of $17.45/share to $38.25/share during the 3 month period ending September 30, 2016. The stock then traded between $24.44/share and $32.83/share in the quarter ending December 31, 2016. This was well within the previous quarter's range. This is called an "inside bar" in technical analysis of stock charts. NTDOY traded below $24.44/share early in January, 2016, but ended up the month of March back within the previous quarter's range. This set up a potential reversal strategy (rev strat) formation.

NTDOY formed a quarterly rev strat buy signal when the stock traded above $30.96/share this morning. This buy signal will be in place as long as the stock stays above that price level. The nice thing about this signal is that it is a quarterly signal which investors could profit from it for the next few months. I believe the stock has near-term upside to around $34-36/share with an attempt to breakout above July 2016's high of $38.25/share still a possibility if the company's fortunes continue to improve.

Nintendo will announce its fiscal year results on April 27. The next day, Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch will release. This next quarter also includes E3 2017. There are a lot of potential positive catalysts for traders to capitalize on this actionable quarterly rev strat buy signal, and as I have previously indicated, I strongly believe that Nintendo is a great long term investment.



A candlestick formation that occurs when the entire price range for a given security falls within the price range of the previous period.


A candlestick formation that occurs after an inside bar when a stock breaks above or below the previous period followed by a breakout of the range. It is essentially an equillibrium break followed by a reversal to the other direction.


For more information regarding the technical trading strategy that I use follow Rob Smith from T3 Live.

Find out more about the charting software used in this video at the Official TC2000 Website.

If you found any of the terms in the video confusing, please check out Investopedia for much more educational information.

Full Disclosure:

At the time of this article, Asif A. Khan, his family members, and his company Virtue LLC had the following positions:

Long Nintendo via NTDOY ADR


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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