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wmt New York, January 2nd ( - Shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) ended the trading session higher by $0.62 or 0.92% from its previous close. Wal-Mart's price action formed what is considered to be a bullish engulfing candle that could very well signal a continuation of trend or reversal of the ongoing weakness.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) operates discount stores, supercenters, warehouse membership clubs, and neighborhood markets. The Company's stores sale products like general merchandise, apparel, electronics and groceries. Wal-Mart operates the warehouse membership stores under the Sam's Club name, where the company sell assorted merchandise including its private label products. Wal-Mart was founded by Sam Walton in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Wal-Mart's recent stock range was formed by a trough where calculated support was defined at $68.74 and by a peak that established the resistance level at $72.60. This range could be used by traders managing their positions.

Traders wanting to establish a position in Wal-Mart or traders that are already holding the stock can use the bullish engulfing pattern to their advantage. The pattern provides a defined risk, as it shows where the bears were able to push the stock down, before the bulls step in with a bid.

The bullish engulfing pattern is a leading indicator that provides an alert to the bulls that the trend will continue or that there is an immediate reversal to the short-term weakness seen on the stock. Below an Engulfing Bullish Candle Illustration:

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