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Finding Stocks Under Heavy Accumulation - Three Examples of What I Look For

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On September 28th, I wrote a "Trading Places" blog article titled "Rising Yields Have A History of Favoring These Stocks; One Such Stock is Being Heavily Accumulated". The stock I wrote about was Opendoor Technologies (OPEN), which, after pulling back temporarily, has exploded higher recently. A second stock that showed similar characteristics was Gentex Corp (GNTX). Here are their respective charts, but pay particular attention to their AD lines (accumulation/distribution lines), which soared after price action broke downtrends:

OPEN:

That is a SERIOUS move to the upside in both price and AD line.

GNTX:

Again, a powerful move to the upside in both price and AD line.

Stocks closing above their opens like this suggest accumulation, in my view. Note that the subsequent moves in both of these stocks was to the upside.

So, I guess the obvious question is......are there other stocks currently setting up in similar fashion? Well, I've begun running these "accumulation scans" frequently and one stock that looks very interesting to me is Magna International (MGA), an auto parts company. I see money rotating into consumer discretionary stocks as a whole, and MGA appears to be a beneficiary of this trend. Its AD line is approaching a breakout, despite the fact that price still needs to rise close to 20% to reach the high set in June:

Like the other two, MGA has broken a lengthy downtrend as it makes its current move higher. I could be picky and wish that volume had been stronger the past two weeks. But the bottom line is that MGA has gone nearly two weeks without a single day of closing below its opening price and that's impressive. The AD line has moved up considerably and the downtrend in price has been broken. My wish list, instead, would include an upcoming pullback and 20-day EMA test (green arrow), which would allow for a much better reward-to-risk entry.

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Happy trading!

Tom

Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist of EarningsBeats.com, a company providing a research and educational platform for both investment professionals and individual investors. Tom writes a comprehensive Daily Market Report (DMR), providing guidance to EB.com members every day that the stock market is open. Tom has contributed technical expertise here at StockCharts.com since 2006 and has a fundamental background in public accounting as well, blending a unique skill set to approach the U.S. stock market. Learn More
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