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Trade Recommendation: Buy CXO and COP On Strong Reversal Action

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The S&P 500 Index (SPX) went as low as 2,605.52 before bouncing and closing at 2,642.22 on Friday. The price action created a long wick that suggests that market participants are strongly defending the 2,600 support. While this is considered bullish, technical indicators show that the index is in overbought territory, and it is losing steam. We might see some short term consolidation in the next few days to keep the market stable.

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As the index continues to show bullishness, let’s have a look at stocks coming out of multi-year downtrends that have the potential to further boost the index.

CXO – Concho Resources Incorporated

CXO crashed in 2015 after it generated an ugly bearish pattern that sent the stock nosediving to  69.94 from a five-year high of 148.61. Nevertheless, the name appears to have forgotten its bearish past as it is now threatening to breach resistance at 148. Technical indicators show that CXO is far from oversold territory with a lot of momentum to power its next move up. In addition, the gap that was created in the first of November has been filled. Taken together, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before resistance at 148 is breached.

CXO needs to print 3 million in volume to have a shot at breaking resistance at 148. A move above 148 with required volume gives us a target of 219. Interestingly, there is no known resistance above 148. The stock has a clear path to our target. Savvy investors and traders alike are most likely looking at the same level as well so there’s a really good chance that market participants will be sucked in and push prices up to our target in a relatively short time.  

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The strategy is to wait for CXO to breach 148 on prescribed volume. You can also buy as close to 130 should the stock dip in preparation for its ascent.

Weekly CXO Chart

Monthly CXO Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Breakout at 148 with required volume OR as close to 130 as possible

Target: 219

Stop: A close below 130 invalidates this trade call.

COP – ConocoPhillips Corporation

The stock’s strong uptrend started in 2003 when it moved above 20. Monthly charts reveal that the name managed to post consecutive higher highs and higher lows until it reached 87.09 in July 2014. The stock went on a steep downtrend when it failed to hold critical support at 60. It briefly touched 31 in 2016 and has rallied since.

Technical analysis reveal a large reversal pattern signaling the end of a three year downtrend. The key resistance to breach is 56 with 11 million volume in the daily charts. Take that resistance out and we get to our target of 80. Interestingly, 80 is a major resistance level so it is suggested to take profits as soon as the stock reaches the target.

Reliable support levels can be found at 50, 48, 43 and then 40.

Weekly COP Chart

Monthly COP Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: Breakout at 56 with required volume OR as close to 43 as possible

Target: 80

Stop: A close below 40 negates this trade view.

 

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Trade Recommendation: Buy EVHC and EQT on Selling Exhaustion

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The S&P 500 Index (SPX) continues its ascent as it knocks on immediate resistance at 2,660. Currently, the index is traversing overbought territory. Ideally, it takes a dip now and fill the gap between 2,640 and 2,646 which was created on December 8, 2017. That should take the RSI below 70, and give the index room to break 2,660 by next week.   

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Nevertheless, SPX remains aggressively bullish as long as it is above 2,600. For this edition, let’s look at stocks that appears to have found their bottom.

EVHC – Envision Corporation

EVHC has suffered massive losses in value since it made its 3-year high of 137.57 back in 2015. The stock went on a downtrend when it created a bearish pattern and failed to hold critical support at 110. Bears sent it back to as low as 23.77 which is an astronomical 82.72% drop in value.  It’s all gloom and doom, but the charts show a promising picture.

Technical analysis show that the stock may have recently bottomed out. EVHC generated a massive volume of 50.45 million on November 1st which was coupled by a big gap down. In addition, volume has been decreasing day by day. Lastly, weekly RSI shows recovery from extreme overselling. These indicators tell us that the stock may have found its new support level.

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The strategy is to trade the range by buying as close to 25 and selling as close to 80. Keep in mind, the stock has not flashed any sign of reversal so officially, it’s still on a downtrend. However, there’s opportunity to generate profits here by taking advantage of the consolidation period. Buy low and sell high.

Weekly EVHC Chart

Monthly EVHC Chart

As of December 11, 2017 close, the stock is at 32.90.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: between 25 and 35

Support: 25

Target: 80 but consider lightening positions at 45 and 60

Stop: A close below 23.77 negates this trade call

EQT – EQT Corporation

Just like EVHC, EQT suffered massive losses in value after it dropped to 47.10 from a 5-year high of 111.47. The stock went on a downtrend when critical support at 82 broke down. It lost 57.75% in value before the bulls took strong action and defended support at 50. Since then, EQT has shown signs of life which may prove to be profitable to those who invest in the stock.

Technical analysis show that the stock has found its bottom at 50. Weekly chart reveal that the stock generated volume of over 60 million on June when the average volume was just below 13 million. This signals selling exhaustion. During the same period, the stock created a hammer which indicates the presence of buyers at 50. More importantly, EQT has tested and successfully defended support level at 50 twice already. This increases the probability that the stock will no longer go below that level.

Similar to EVHC, the strategy here is to trade the range. Buy between 50 and 60 with the intention of selling at 80. As always, buy low and sell high.

Weekly EQT Chart

Monthly EQT Chart

As of December 11, 2017 close, the stock is at 57.13.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: between 50 and 60

Support: 50

Target: 80

Stop: A close below 50 invalidates this trade call

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Trade Recommendation: Ride ETN and EW on Breakout

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The S&P 500 Index (SPX) flexed its muscles on Friday, December 8, as it gapped up, opening nearly 10 points higher than its previous close. With volume going below its 20-day average, the market’s telling us that sellers are running out of ammunition. The slowdown in selling has enabled bulls to push the index up, closing almost the same level as the day’s high.

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The price action on December 8 affirms our bullish view. With that sentiment, let’s continue trading stocks that are on the verge of breaking out.

ETN – Eaton Corporation

The stock has suffered as much as a 42.25% loss in value during the course of its 3-year downtrend. It almost touched a high of 80 back in 2014, but bears claimed that level and sent the stock to as low as 46.19 in 2016. Fortunately for the bulls, the stock respected that support and used it to generate one higher low after another. The consecutive rallies has given ETN momentum to beach resistance at 80, albeit briefly.

While the bears continue to own that resistance level, technical analysis reveals that it’s only a matter of time before bulls conquer that level with conviction. Weekly and monthly charts reveal a large bullish reversal pattern that can take ETN to a new five-year high. Breach 80 with heavy volume of 11 million in the daily chart should attract momentum traders and give the stock a clear path to our target of 120. More importantly, breakout of this three-year resistance level should restart the uptrend for ETN.

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Weekly ETN Chart

Monthly ETN Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: breach of 80 with volume of 11 million

Support: 76 and 72

Target: 120

Stop: A close below 72 negates this trade call.

EW – Edwards LifeSciences Corporation

While EW technically remains in an uptrend, it suffered as much as a 33.37% loss in value as it went through a massive corrective phase. It went as high as 121.75 in late 2016 before getting sent back by bears to as low as 81.12 in under two months. Just like ETN, however, EW used that support level to rally and post a series of higher lows. Currently, the stock is threatening to finally breach resistance at 120.

Technical analysis reveals a large bullish continuation pattern that can signal the end of EW’s corrective phase. In addition, indicators show that bulls are in a good position to take out 120. The last candlestick on the weekly chart is a hammer which indicates the presence of buyers above 110. In addition, RSI shows that the stock is far from oversold territory, giving it room to make a move up. Lastly, volume has picked up which hints that a significant number of market participants are showing interest in the stock.

The strategy is to wait for the chart to break resistance at 120 with over 9 million in volume in the daily chart. Breach of this level will attract momentum traders and may lift the stock to our target of 160. It is also important to note that there is no known resistance above 120. Hence, the stock may reach our target without much of a struggle.

Weekly EW Chart

Monthly EW Chart

Summary of Strategy

Buy: breach of 120 with volume of 9 million

Support: 112 and 110

Target: 160

Stop: A close below 10 invalidates this trade view.

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Trade Recommendation: Buy BBY, ZNH, CLX, and USCR

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The S&P 500 made a new intraday lifetime high on Monday of last week, but it could not sustain the gains. Over the next two days, the index declined, however, the bulls stepped in at 2624.75 levels, as the news flow turned positive. The index gained ground in the last two days of the week and made a new lifetime high on a closing basis.

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Important points

  1. Bulls continue to buy the dips, which suggests further upside to the US markets
  2. We want to ride the move higher through our trading positions
  3. Buy BBY, ZNH, CLX, and USCR

We believe that the bulls will want to end the year on a strong note, hence, the rally is likely to continue in the remaining few days of the year. After all, the index has closed positively in all the first eleven months of the year.

We, therefore, continue to look for trading opportunities on the long side. Notwithstanding, at the current levels, any adverse news, especially on the tax front can start a sharp fall. Therefore, please use a trailing stop loss to protect the position once it moves in our favor.

BBY – Buy 64.2, SL 60, Target 71

Weekly chart

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The stock had risen to a high of $59.5 in April 2006, following which it plunged to $12 by end-2012. Since then, the stock has been on a path to recovery. In May of this year, the stock made a new lifetime high, however, it could not sustain the levels. The bears again pushed the stock lower. In the last few months, the stock made a bearish head and shoulders pattern on the weekly chart.

However, last week, the stock broke out to new highs, thereby invalidating the bearish pattern. This is a bullish development, which suggests further upside. Let’s see the critical levels on it.

Daily chart

On the daily chart, we find that the stock had been range bound since end-May of this year, between $53 on the lower end and $61.95 on the upper end. A couple of attempts to break out of the range faced stiff resistance from the bears. However, on Friday, the stock broke out to new highs with force. This is a bullish sign. We expect the stock to now move towards its pattern target of $71. Hence, we suggest buying it at $64.2, above Friday’s intraday highs with a SL of $60.

ZNH – Buy 46.5, SL 42, Target 53, 59

Weekly chart

The stock has not done much in the past decade. After rallying to dizzying heights a decade earlier, the stock plunged during the global financial crisis. Thereafter, it has been in recovery mode, but it has not been able to make new lifetime highs. Nevertheless, the pattern suggests that a retest of the highs is possible. Therefore, we want to enter this trade.

Daily chart

The stock had been range-bound between $25.6 and $42.6 for about two years. It broke out of the range on November 20. Thereafter, the bulls successfully held on to the $42.6 levels during the pullback. This shows demand for the stock at higher levels. The pattern target following the breakout of the range is $59. Therefore, we propose buying the stock at the current levels of $46.5 with a stop loss of $42.

There is a small resistance at the $53 mark, where traders can book partial profits if the stock struggles to break out of it.

CLX – Buy 146, SL 138, Target 168

Weekly chart

The stock has been in a long-term uptrend since 2009. It entered a period of consolidation/correction in July of last year. Since then, $140.5 had been acting as a stiff resistance. Three attempts to break out of the overhead resistance failed. The stock formed a bullish ascending triangle pattern and the bulls broke out above the overhead resistance last week. Hence, we want to buy the stock, as we expect it to move higher.

Daily chart

The bulls managed to breakout of the ascending triangle pattern on December 04 and have managed to sustain above $140.5 levels for a week, which is a bullish sign. The stock now has a pattern target of $168. Therefore, we want to buy 50% of the allocation at $146 and the rest on a successful retest of the $141 levels. Our stop loss for the trade can be kept at $138. We don’t want to hang on to the stock if it falls back into the triangle.

USCR – Buy 85.25, SL 80, Target 92

Weekly chart

The stock has been in an uptrend since 2012. It has been rising inside an ascending channel for more than a year. Just two weeks back, it had fallen to the trendline support of the channel, which held. We can now expect the stock to rally towards the resistance line of the channel, which is at the $92 levels.

Daily chart

On the daily chart, we find that the stock had been facing stiff resistance at the $80 mark. It broke out of the overhead resistance in end-August of this year, but could not sustain above it. Subsequently, it declined to the lower end of the range at $70. On November 30, the stock again broke out of $80 levels.

The bears again attempted to stem the rally at the $84 levels. However, the stock found support at $80 and rallied to new highs on Friday of last week. We, now, expect the uptrend to continue. Therefore, we recommend a buy at the current levels of $85.25, with a stop loss of $80 and a target objective of $92.

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