Technical Traders Should Watch Video Game Stocks EA and TTWO

TTWO stock has surged following similar pullbacks in recent years

by Josh Selway

Published on Mar 16, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Video game companies have been thrown into the national discussion around gun violence, with industry executives recently meeting with President Trump. Still, technical traders may want to consider Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ:TTWO), if historical data is any guide. Let's take a closer look at shares of EA and TTWO below.

EA Sees Burst Of Call Buying

Jumping right in, our Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White has pointed out EA shares recently pulled back to within one standard deviation of their 40-day moving average, following a long stretch above this trendline. There have been 11 similar "signals" during the past three years, and the video stock has been positive one month out 80% of the time, averaging a gain of 4.2%.

The security is already up 44.2% year-over-year, and actually just touched a record high of $131.13 earlier today. Options traders have been upping the bullish ante, too. The security's 10-day call/put volume ratio across the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) has jumped to 5.13, which ranks in the 93rd annual percentile.

On a closer look, there's been heavy buying at the April 150 call, while nearly 11,000 positions were added at the June 150 call, as well. These bulls are betting on Electronic Arts stock rallying past the $150 level in the coming months, representing a more than 14% jump from current levels.

TTWO Stock Flashes Flawless 'Buy' Signal

White also provided a technical update on Take-Two Interactive, highlighting the shares' positioning above their 160-day moving average. This trendline has proved to be an awesome "buy" signal for the stock, as the seven previous pullbacks of this type have sparked one-month gains each time, with an average return of 11.3%!

TTWO shares were last seen trading down 1.4% at $107.43, meaning a similar move this time around would put them back above the $120 level. Their record high stands at $129.25 from back on Feb. 1. Overall, the equity has added 84.4% during the past year, which may be why it's being added to the S&P 500 Index (SPX) next week.

Options activity hasn't been as extreme on Take-Two when compared to EA, but it's worth noting the June 120 call is home to peak open interest, excluding the soon-to-expire March 140 call. Data confirms mostly buy-to-open activity, so bulls have been gearing up for another major move from the video game issue.

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