Daily and weekly chart patterns show Dillard's (DDS) - Get Report , Nordstrom (JWN) - Get Report and Macy's (M) - Get Report  continue to struggle, and that isn't good at a time when more shoppers are expected to avoid the malls this holiday season.

The mall anchor stores set 52-week lows in October as shoppers turn in increasing number to their computers and handheld devices to buy online. Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report  has been the obvious winner, with the stock setting new highs almost daily following the company's earnings report Oct. 22.

The three mall anchors will be reporting their earnings and offer holiday guidance between Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. Holiday guidance and record temporary hiring from package delivery companies United Parcel Service  (UPS) - Get Report and FedEx Corp  (FDX) - Get Report  show they expect record online shopping this year, and you should, too.

Let's take a chart trip to the mall.

Here's the daily chart for Dillard's.


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Dillard's closed at $88.81 Thursday, up 1.6% so far in the fourth quarter but down 29.1% year to date, and in bear market territory 38.4% below the all-time high of $144.21 set on April 13.

This stock has been below a "death cross" since June 29 when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average indicating risk to lower levels. The stock closed at $105.06 that day so the negative technical signal proved to be correct. The stock is below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages of $91.11 and $111.74, respectively.

Here's the weekly chart for Dillard's.


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The weekly chart for Dillard's is neutral with the stock below its key weekly moving average of $91.45 and below its 200-week simple moving average of $91.69. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 22.94 this week, up from 21.75 on Oct. 23.

Investors looking to buy Dillard's should place a good till canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $88.44 and $78.55, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of 2015.

Here's the daily chart for Nordstrom.


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Nordstrom closed at $64.70 Thursday, down 3.4% so far in the fourth quarter and down 18.5% year to date, and in correction territory 16.7% below the all-time high of $77.65 set on March 23.

This stock has been below a "death cross" since June 23 when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average indicating risk to lower levels. The stock closed at $70.99 that day so the negative technical signal proved to be correct. The stock is below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages of $68.03 and $71.21, respectively.

Here's the weekly chart for Nordstrom.


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The weekly chart for Nordstrom is negative with the stock below its key weekly moving average of $67.44. The 200-week simple moving average of $59.01 is a key level to hold. The weekly momentum reading is projected to decline to 23.55 this week, down from 29.70 on Oct. 23.

Investors looking to buy Nordstrom should place a good till canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $53.01 and $48.09, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of 2015.

Here's the daily chart for Macy's.


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Macy's closed at $49.70 Thursday, down 3.2% so far in the fourth quarter and down 24.4% year to date, and in bear market territory 32.5% below the all-time high of $73.61 set on July 17.

This stock has been below a "death cross" since Sept. 9 when the 50-day simple moving average fell below the 200-day simple moving average indicating risk to lower levels. The stock closed at $58.85 that day so the negative technical signal proved to be correct. The stock is below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages of $53.91 and $63.31, respectively.

Here's the weekly chart for Macy's.


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The weekly chart for Macy's is negative but oversold with the stock below its key weekly moving average of $52.88 and its 200-week simple moving average of $50.83. The weekly momentum reading is projected to decline to 6.67 this week, down from 6.89 on Oct. 23. Both readings are well below the oversold threshold of 20.00.

Investors looking to buy Macy's should place a good till canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $36.18 and $35.00, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of 2015.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.