Stock Picks: UAL and AES

The S&P 500 (SPX) pulled back last week. This dip is healthy as it enables the index to regroup before mounting a push to take out resistance of 2,800. The surge in volume on Friday, June 15, 2018 gives us confidence that bulls are once again buying.

With the SPX flashing signs of strength, let’s look at stocks that offer profitable trade setups.

UAL – United Continental Holdings Incorporated

United Continental Holdings Incorporated (UAL) is an airline holding company that transports both people and cargo. The company owns and operates United Airlines, Incorporated and has air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. As of 2016, the company has total assets worth $40.140 billion.

Technical analysis show that UAL is creating a large cup and handle continuation pattern on the weekly and monthly charts. This view comes after the pair generated a higher low of 60.44 in February 2018. The stock has been rallying since and it looks primed to take out resistance of 75.

To complete the breakout, the stock must print 6 million shares on the daily chart. Those who bought the higher low are likely to take profits at 75. The stock needs buyers to absorb the selling pressure.

Furthermore, fundamental analysis reveal that the trailing twelve months (TTM) price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of UAL is 10.13.  The stock is undervalued considering that it has a five-year maximum of 52.80 and an average of 13.80. Based on these figures, the stock has some room to grow.

The strategy is to buy the breakout at 75 as long as the pair generates the prescribed volume. Once breakout is complete, bulls have the momentum they need to climb to our target of 100.

The process may take more than three months.

Weekly UAL Chart

Monthly UAL Chart

As of this writing, the United Continental Holdings Incorporated stock (UAL) is trading at 73.80.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Buy the breakout at 75 after the pair generates 6 million shares on the daily chart.

Target: 100

Stop: Close below 70.

AES – The AES Corporation

The AES Corporation (AES) is a Fortune 500 company based in Arlington, Virginia. It generates and distributes electrical power in 15 countries and employs over 10,000 people all over the world. In 2017, the company generated $11 billion revenues while managing assets worth $33 billion.

Technical analysis show that AES is attempting to break out of the cup and handle pattern on the weekly and monthly charts. However, it appears that the stock is not yet ready to take out resistance of 13.

We have this view because the monthly and weekly candles are detached from the 4-day, 8-day, and 21-day moving averages. This tells us that the move up is not sustainable. Also, the pair is flashing overbought readings on the weekly chart. What we can do is to wait for a slight pull back before placing buy orders.

On the other hand, fundamental analysis reveal that AES’s trailing twelve months (TTM) PE ratio stands at 27.98. The stock appears overvalued but it has a five-year maximum of 105.43. In addition, recent company earnings report beat expert estimates. Considering these figures, AES has some upside potential.

The strategy is to buy on dips as close to 12 as possible. If bulls preserve the support, they may finally take out resistance of 13 and ignite a rally to our target of 15.50.

The process may take more than three months.

Weekly AES Chart

Monthly AES Chart

As of this writing, The AES Corporation stock (AES) is trading at 13.10.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Buy on dips as close to 12 as possible.

Target: 15.50

Stop: Close below 11.50.

 

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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, InvestorAcademy.org 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.