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Defense stocks overextended: Technician

The upward momentum in defense contractor stocks, and two names in particular, may have run out, technician Carter Braxton Worth of Oppenheimer said Thursday.

"Right now, we are exactly 17 percent above the 150-day moving average," he said. "That's happened 14 times, only 14, that's maybe once every year and a half in the last 25 years."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Worth said that on a long-term chart, the defense sector has run up to the point that there was little upside left.

Once that happens, he added, the result was "invariably negative," with potential "drawdowns up to 12, 15 percent."


Lockheed's stock price was also showing the same type of movement, Worth said.

"This is as far above the smoothing mechanism as it's been at any time in four, five years," he added.

Northrop Grumman also looked similar.

"The principles are the same here," Worth said.

"At this point, if you just get into mean reversion – how far above or below trend can you be before you either throw back or snap back - you're reaching outer limits of what is sustainable," he added.

Worth also said that technical analysis compelled action.

"We would say, first of all, if you're long-only and you have some big gains, you've got to take measures," he said. "And if you have the fortitude, or if you're engaged in short-selling, we think this is a good thing to be short."

By CNBC's Bruno J. Navarro. Follow him on Twitter @Bruno_J_Navarro.

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