Aspen Looking for Directional Injection in Share Price 

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited (JSE: APN) navigated a dynamic year marked by notable achievements. Experiencing a commendable surge, its share price climbed nearly 20% in the past twelve months, outpacing the 5.72% price return of the JSE Top 40 Index.  

However, investor sentiments shifted following the latest earnings report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2023, revealing a 7.9% contraction. Despite increased revenue, coming in at R40.71Bn, the company reported a decline in profit attributable to shareholders from R6.49Bn to R5.23Bn. Subsequently, the stock price entered a consolidation phase, adopting a rectangle pattern as it awaits the cues for its next decisive move.  


The rectangle pattern is evident on the 1D chart, with the price approaching the psychological resistance of the rectangle at R181.10, which lies at the 50% Fibonacci retracement level. The bulls have failed to break above this level twice before, making it pivotal in the upcoming sessions. 

Should the resistance once again prevent additional upside, a pullback toward R175.74 becomes likely. From there, a demand zone at R171.42 lies close to the 50-SMA (blue line) and the 25-SMA (green line), marking a strong support level. A breakdown here could open the door for bearish momentum to retest the rectangle’s support at R160.95, where a pivot could occur again. 

However, the 25-SMA is converging with the 50-SMA, looking to cross above in a signal that sentiment is shifting. With buyers present in the short term, a breakout above R181.10 could result in a test of the Fibonacci golden ratio at R185.75. A temporary retracement could be enforced at this level to test the sustainability of the breakout, with higher resistance at R190.05 and R195.78 becoming key levels of interest should the upturn be sustained.  


Despite a fruitful last twelve months, investors sold off Aspen’s stock after its latest earnings report, with consolidation now occurring at the bottom of the prior downtrend. Resistance at R181.10 could be crucial in the upcoming sessions to determine whether the bullish momentum could break through the rectangle or whether the current pattern will continue.  

Sources: Koyfin, Tradingview, Reuters, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited 

Piece written by Tiaan van Aswegen, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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