The majority of the S&P 500 closed positive on Friday and the advance/decline line was strong.
All systems are go right? No. Not yet. The SPY pennant chart pattern that began the week of July 6 continues to coil. Very light volume on Friday as price action consolidates is a good sign we will break out with a nice increase in volatility.
Two of my top stocks to buy today are GOOG and TSO, AET broke out on Friday and has room to go. On the short side I like BIIB and GPS.
Stock Market Today: Map of the S&P 500
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SPY traded above the open for most of Friday and closed near both the 20ema and the 50sma as resistance. Very light volume on a summer Friday, hard to get excited about a strong close without much participation. The 6 week pennant chart pattern continues to form…
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Stocks to Trade | Monday August 17, 2015
- Utility stocks continue to be strong.
- No bias at all from the financial stocks.
- AAPL broke support but a choppy indecisive week. A good one to keep on the list for the consistent average true range.
Charts in Focus
AET had a strong close on Friday with above average volume. a gap-fill would be a nice $6 target just below $126.
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Earnings in play today > 1M avg shares: A, KITE, URBN, EL
Bullish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: UA, GOOGL, GOOG, HFC, AMZN, AET, NFLX, NEE, HON>107, MA, NKE, VLO, TSO
Bearish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: gmcr, qrvo, yelp, juno, biib, rrc, myl, uri, dvn, twx, bidu, lyb, m, kss, isis, hot, wynn, utx, clr, oke, cvx, baba, scty<48, nsc, mmm, unp, bhi
Weak Stock Weak Close: rrc, myl, wpz, ttm, isis, cbs, wynn, clr, cnq, scty,
Strong Stock Weak Close: NFLX, VLO
Weak Stock Strong Close: qrvo, yelp, twtr, joy, jd, pwr, bidu, cern, symc, yhoo, nrg, dfs, nsc, grub
Strong Stock Strong Close: HOLX, CDNS, SABR, D, AET, GT, XL, HIG, ADBE, AEP, CAG, AIG
20 day Breakdown: dow, nov, gps, pms, hznp, wynn,
20 Day Breakout: DAL, LOW, LUV, STX, AET, ADBE, DUK, ED, D, VTR, AMT, LULU
2x Normal Volume: SYY
Watch List Longs: AET, MO, HD, TRV, SBUX, HON>107, TJX, VLO, DAL, JNPR, ADBE, TOL>40
Watch List Short: cop, kss, cvx, all, xom, bhi, dow, m, wynn, dd, hpq, lltc, qcom<61, klac ,ntap
Inside days: csco, pfe, twtr, baba, yhoo, nflx, orcl, kss, wmt, twx, hd, aal, sbux, phm, pot, v, dhi, yum, tgt. gpro, mcd, hig, adm, mon, mos, atvi, qrvo, tjx, hcn, feye, gmcr, amzn, cvc, hca, kim, uri, joy, amtd, len, mmm, googl, etfc, fslr, goog, tasr
SPY Pennant Chart Pattern | August 17
Pennant Chart Pattern | Trading the Pennant Breakout
How to Identify and Trade the Pennant Chart Pattern
Pennant chart patterns are powerful.
A pennant offers us the perfect trade; easy to identify and explosive moves.The key to the trade, is the entry.
Patience is needed for the correct entry. The increase in automated trading creates many false breakouts. The best entry trigger is when the stock “tips its hand” with a fuel candlestick. This is a large green or red candlestick with volume.
A conservative entry is to wait for the first pause after the breakout.
The pennant chart pattern is a build-up of indecision, after a period of volatility. Wide swings in price action develop into lower-highs and higher-lows leading to a point of consolidation.
It’s during this point of consolidation that patience is required for a smart trade.
Continue reading to learn more about this chart pattern…