This Week’s Sunday Stock Report – 2/24/18

– James F. Taulman, former Editor-in-Chief of the first independently licensed website to offer stock reports and services based on the CAN SLIM® investment system.

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2 BreakOuts This Past Week | 4 Stocks on Our WatchList for the Week

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The 2019 uptrend continues with all the major averages closing the week at their highest levels since early November.

It was the ninth straight weekly gain for the Dow and the Nasdaq, marking the first time since 1964 that the indexes rose in the first 8 weeks of a calendar year.

The Dow Jones added another +0.57% this past week and is on its longest weekly win streak in more than 2 decades.

The index technically remains in a steady uptrend – breaking above resistance levels – while posting only 1 red price bar early in its ascent.

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com

The Nasdaq gained +0.74% on the week.

As noted last week – “The tech-laden index still has yet to definitively break above its 200-day moving average.”  This past week the Nasdaq made gains above there early in the week and then closed further above (+0.7%) on Friday, at a new multi-month high.

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com

The S&P 500 index advanced +0.62% this past week and closed at 2792.67.

As noted here last week – “The next level to watch on the upside remains the round-2800, which is also near some previous highs.” 

The bellwether has been able to just barely break above 2800 three times since the start of the October sell-off, as it never traded as high as 2815. (see chart)

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com

The fuel behind this current rally-run can be attributed to the softening from the Federal Reserve, who effectively put its interest-rate policy on hold.

This week, investors had continuing hopes for a trade deal between the U.S. and China which bolstered market optimism.

The market remains in a confirmed uptrend with only 1 distribution day on the Nasdaq and just 2 on the S&P 500.

We had breakouts from last week’s watch list. (see below)

Regardless of market conditions, I am always preparing a watch list of high-ranked leaders which are building bullish technical bases. This week, I ran my routine stock screens and added new stocks to our weekly watch list.

We now have a total of stocks which we will be watching for a traditional breakout to new highs. (see below)

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As always, if anyone has any questions – please feel free to email me at james@jamestaulman.com as I would be glad to assist you.

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BREAK OUT UPDATE: 

This past week we had another breakouts from our weekly watch list.

SYM  LAST ADDED TO WATCH
LIST
BREAKOUT
PRICE 
BREAKOUT
DATE 
MAX BUY PRICE CURRENT % GAIN/
LOSS
FE $40.72 2/6/19 $39.98 2/21/19 $41.98 +1.85%
HSY $110.22 2/14/19 $110.40 2/20/19 $115.92 -0.16%

 

1 – FirstEnergy Corp. (FE – NYSE)

This stock had been building a nice base as it kept trading up to the $39s, then pulling back while wedging higher, not making any new lows (BLUE-DASHED LINE)

Shares broke out on Thursday after the company announced earnings on Tuesday with results that beat Wall Street expectations.

SYMBOL LAST ADDED TO
WATCH LIST
BREAKOUT
DATE
BREAKOUT
PRICE
FE $40.72 2/6/19 2/21/19 $39.98

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com

MAX BUY PRICE 1st
SUPPORT  
2nd
SUPPORT
MAX STOP LOSS GUIDE CURRENT % GAIN/LOSS
$41.98 $39.50 50 DMA
($38.21)
$36.78 +1.85%

There were some very decent follow-through gains on Friday and a close at the session highs and a new multi-year high. Volume, however, was -31% below the average on the day.

The company is highly ranked, except for the EPS rank which is lagging along with the company’s fundamentals.

This is more of a technical play, and going forward  – we would be on the lookout for a pullback considering the lack of conviction on the breakout.

Keep in mind – Lower volume breakouts have been working in the latest rally.

I’m going to put our 1st SUPPORT in those previous highs, our 2nd SUPPORT is the 50-day moving average.

Ideally, we would like to see more volume behind any possible gains.

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2 – The Hershey Company (HSY – NYSE)

This leader was setting up technically, much like our FE was, as shares kept trading up to the previous highs, then they would pull back, yet still wedge higher.

The stock broke out on Wednesday with a +19% increase in volume.

SYMBOL LAST ADDED TO
WATCH LIST
BREAKOUT
DATE
BREAKOUT
PRICE
HSY $110.22 2/14/19 2/20/19 $100.40

Chart courtesy of stockcharts.com

MAX BUY PRICE 1st
SUPPORT  
2nd
SUPPORT
MAX STOP LOSS GUIDE CURRENT % GAIN/LOSS
$115.92 $110.00 50 DMA
($106.35)
$92.37 -0.16%

There were some continued gains on Thursday with a positive reversal as the shares opened with a gap lower, then closed the session +0.47% higher.

The stock did also gap down Friday morning and was not able to manage another positive close.

This puts shares right at our 1st Support of the previous highs, with further support at the 50-day moving average, currently $106.35.

The company does have solid ranks and decent fundamentals. However, any continued declines, especially with an increase in volume, would be a serious concern.

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See This Week’s BreakOuts From Our…

Stock WatchList: Morning Update HERE

 

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