Buy These Stocks to Leverage Reversals

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The S&P 500 Index has been on a tear since November of 2016. While many investors remain bullish on the index, technical analysis reveals that bearish patterns are emerging. A correction in the coming weeks after a year of unstoppable growth should be healthy to sustain the uptrend.  Investors and traders are advised to be cautious, and watch their trail stops carefully as technical indicators show that the index is extremely overbought.

When the market is overbought, the strategy is to move away from stocks that have significantly moved up and favor names that are flashing signs of trend reversals. These stocks are most likely near strong support levels with tremendous upside. Here are two names following that theme.

AKAM – Akamai Technologies Inc.

AKAM has rallied from a major support level at 45 and is now looking to breach resistance at 54. The stock may still slide as 54 is a psychological resistance. When it does, look to pick up the stock as close as 52. This slight dip is ideal to prepare the name for a sustainable breakout. On the other hand, a breakout at 54 with a daily volume of at least 4 million should validate the move.

Initial target for the breakout is 64.

For long term investors, there’s an opportunity to make a considerable profit. AKAM has been on a corrective phase since August of 2015 when it hit the top if the range at 77. However, technical indicators show that the correction has come to an end and the stock is ready to resume the uptrend. A move above 54 with heavy volume supports this assumption.

Should the breakout happen, long term investors can hold on to the name and see whether it can break the major resistance at 77. The move up will attract momentum investors and take the stock to 157. This is a great opportunity to earn serious profits.

This view is valid as long as support at 45 holds.  

Weekly AKAM Chart

Weekly Chart AKAM

Monthly AKAM Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Breakout at 54 with volume or wait for stock to slide at 50 – 52

Support: 52 first, 50 next, and 45 last

Resistance: 64, 70, and 77

Targets: 64 and 157

Useless: Only when support at 45 is broken

APC – Andarko Pete Corp.

APC is another name that has rallied from a major support level. The stock has been on a downtrend since September of 2014, but it is looking to reverse its fortunes soon. A bounce at 40 shows that the support level is being defended. Now, the stock is looking to breach 51 to continue its move up.

To sustain its momentum, APC must stay above 51 with 9 million in volume. Maintain this level and we get to 62 first and 65 next. Long term investors can hold to the name and see if it can break major resistance 71. If it does, the next target is 94.

This view is negated if the stock breaks major support at 40.

Weekly APC Chart

Monthly APC Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Breakout at 51 with volume

Support: 48, 45, and 40

Resistance: 62 first, 65 next, and 71 last

Targets: 62 and 94

Useless: Only when support at 40 is broken

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Kiril is a CFA Charterholder and financial professional with 5+ years of experience in financial writing, analysis and product ownership. He has passed all three CFA exams on first attempt and has a bachelor's degree with a specialty in finance. Kiril’s current focus is on cryptocurrencies and funds, as he does his own crypto research and is a Product Manager at Mitre Media. He also has his personal website, where he teaches people about the basics of investing. His ultimate goal is to help people with limited knowledge of finance and investments to create investment portfolios easily, and in line with their unique circumstances.