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Caterpillar Tests Price Support, Nearly Fills Gap

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Caterpillar (CAT) was one of many beneficiaries of the latest quarterly earnings season.  With its revenues and EPS topping Wall Street estimates, CAT surged higher on April 25 from its April 24 close of 96.81.  The recent market weakness enabled CAT to pull back to test key price support and nearly test that gap support as well, setting up the stock as a very solid reward to risk trade at the current price and down into that support zone.  Here's the chart:

Price support resides near 98.00 and the zone from that level down to the 96.81 gap is where I'd look for buyers to continue to step in during periods of weakness.  I would expect the high from April 26 to provide resistance in the near-term.  The blue arrow highlights the extremely heavy volume that accompanied the gap higher.  Because of this heavy volume, gap support should be quite strong.

Happy trading!

Tom

Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist at EarningsBeats.com, where he provides stock market education, guidance, and trading strategies using a unique combination of technical, fundamental, and historical analysis. Tom provides EarningsBeats.com members with four portfolios (Model, Aggressive, Income, and Value), all designed to beat the benchmark S&P 500, and a revolving Watch List of hundreds of companies reporting strong quarterly earnings (must beat both revenue and EPS estimates) and exhibiting technical strength as well. These companies comprise EarningsBeats' annotated Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL), from which Tom trades exclusively. Tom writes a Daily Market Report (DMR) for members to include an executive summary, market outlook, sector/industry watch, and trading ideas. Learn More
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