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Here's What a Double Looks Like

by John Hopkins

Every trader dreams of owning a stock that doubles. If it can happen in just six months, even better. This has been the case for Twilio (TWLO), a stock featured during our Top 10 Stock Picks webinar in November of 2018 that has doubled in price since the November 20 bottom of $71.56.  You can see in the chart below that the stock came close to revisiting that November 20 bottom when the overall market melted down in late December. However, it instead put in a slightly higher low and then went off to the races. Take note also of the Read More 


S&P 500 Reverses Off Key Support, New Leadership Emerging

by Tom Bowley

It was a brutal week, especially given the surging U.S. equity prices throughout 2019 thus far.  The benchmark S&P 500 fell 2.18%, but intraweek losses were far steeper.  There was a significant reversal on Friday as the Volatility Index ($VIX) appeared to confirm a near-term top - a bullish development indeed.  The first chart illustrates the technical strength and reversal of the S&P 500 on its weekly chart: Any time I see the PPO rising like this, I expect a 20 period EMA test to provide support.  The green arrows show several kick saves at 20 week EMA Read More 


Three Bright Spots Outside the United States

by David Keller

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - Saint Augustine I recently returned home after a 10-day trip to Scotland with my family for Spring Break. We rented a car in Glasgow, made our way up into the Highlands and took a ferry over the Isle of Lewis, where we rented a house for the week. We enjoyed meeting new people and learning about Scottish Gaelic, we loved the challenge of driving a manual transmission on the left side of the road and we treasured finding cute little places to grab fresh seafood during our excursions. Most of all, we Read More 


How To Play The Hot IPO Market - One Sound Approach Can Help You Navigate These Fast Movers

by Mary Ellen McGonagle

The number of IPOs listed in the U.S. has picked up this year. While some high-profile companies have already come public, there are more highly anticipated companies that are due to list shortly, such as the ride-share company Uber and workplace messaging app Slack. Some of these recently public companies have performed well, making it worth your while to check out these stocks. After all, the powerhouse FAANG stocks of today all started out as new issues at some point. That said, investing in new issues is not for the faint of heart, as these generally smaller companies can be quite Read More 


Prices May Be Falling, But Bond Spreads (Confidence) are Holding in There

by Martin Pring

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in Martin Pring's Market Roundup on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:37pm ET. One area I monitor daily is the technical picture of bond spreads and other market relationships that reflect confidence. That’s because changes in their direction often lead or confirm what is actually happening to equity prices in general. One of my favorites is the ratio between the iShares High Yield and iShares 7-10-year treasury ETFs (_HYG/_IEF). When it is rising, it indicates investors and traders are growing in confidence concerning the level of business Read More 


Building A Case For SYY In The Staples Sector Using Three Relative Rotation Graphs

by Julius de Kempenaer

Relative Rotation Graphs can be a great asset in getting a high-level overview of what is going on in the markets and keeping an eye on the big picture. Beyond that, though, they can also help you to drill down to find new individual investment possibilities and trading ideas. For this week's ChartWatchers newsletter, I will use three Relative Rotation Graphs to make a case for a single stock trade idea. Starting At The Top The daily RRG for Asset Classes above shows the rotation of various asset classes against the Vanguard Balanced Read More 


Spring Savings Are Here, With A Very Special Twist...

by Grayson Roze

Hello Fellow ChartWatchers! The springtime sun is shining bright here in the Pacific Northwest, and we think that's cause for celebration. So, I'm coming to you this week with a very special announcement. For a limited time only this month, we're giving you 2 FREE months of StockCharts service when you sign up or renew for a 12-month subscription. That means you can save up to $80 off our regular subscription prices. If you're a current StockCharts Member and love the service, you can extend your existing subscription now and save. If you're not a member Read More 


Volume Ratio Charts - Climactic Attention Flags

by Erin Swenlin

My dad, Carl Swenlin, was a guest on MarketWatchers LIVE last Wednesday (here is a link to that show). He brought in some DecisionPoint indicator charts that I hadn't looked at in quite some time (truth be told, he hadn't looked at them in awhile either) and many of our viewers asked about how to obtain them. One of the ChartLists in the DecisionPoint Market Indicators ChartPack is labeled "Volume Ratios" - it's actually a very elegant indicator in its simplicity. What surprised us both was the timeliness of the attention flags that the climactic readings presented Read More 


Profiting from Pullbacks

by John Hopkins

When you're a bull, the last thing you want to see is a pullback in stocks you own. This is understandable - who wants to see something they own lose value? But, at some point, the market and individual stocks will get overheated, so instead of worrying about a pullback, try to identify those stocks that are likely to get the most attention on any selling. A perfect example is Microsoft, a company that recently beat earnings expectations, moved up nicely, got overbought and could prove to be a solid reward-to-risk trade at the right price. You can see on the chart above Read More 


Strong Jobs Report Boosts Stocks - S&P 500 Nears Another Record

by John Murphy

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in John Murphy's Market Message on Friday, May 3rd at 1:34pm ET. A surprisingly strong jobs report this morning has given stocks a big boost today. All major indexes are having a strong day with the Nasdaq and small caps in the lead (more on that shortly). Transports are also have an especially strong day which is another positive sign. All eleven stocks sectors are in the black led by energy, cyclicials, financials, and industrials. Weaker sectors include more defensive utilities and REITS. Emerging markets are leading foreign stocks Read More 

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