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These Two Materials Stocks are Looking to Lead

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The Materials SPDR (XLB) is having a good month with a 4+ percent gain so far in May. Within the sector, I am seeing some strength in two big chemical stocks, Air Products (APD) and Eastman Chemical (EMN).  

Before looking at the charts, note that both are above their rising 200-day EMAs, and their 50-day EMAs are above their 200-day EMAs. APD hit a new high in January, while EMN hit a new high in March. Both are in long-term uptrends and this means my bias is bullish. 

The first chart shows Air Products with a large triangle forming here in 2018. This represents a consolidation, or rest, within the bigger uptrend. There are currently six price swings within the triangle and the current swing is up after the trend line break (red trend line). APD is now challenging the triangle trend line. A breakout would signal a continuation of the bigger uptrend and open the door to new highs. 

The next chart shows Eastman Chemical with a smaller triangle and a break above the upper line over the last five days. This breakout signals a continuation of the ongoing uptrend and opens the door to new highs. 

On Trend with Arthur Hill

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Highlights from On Trend for Tuesday, May 15th (click here to view)

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  • 10-yr T-Yield Turns Back Up
  • Winners and Losers in Rising Rate Environment
  • Stocks: TSLA, DHR, NKE, ROST, SYK, UNH

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. He has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities magazine. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed technician. In addition to his CMT designation, Arthur holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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