Trading Places with Tom Bowley

When Contemplating Trades, Target The Leaders


I know I speak of relative strength frequently, but it kinda makes common sense, doesn't it? In order to establish relative strength vs. your peers and the overall market, there has to be a lot of interest. When buying clothes, do you buy what's in style now....or do you buy something completely out of style and wait for that trend to return? You could probably get some really good deals on the latter, but how long would you have to wait for that gamble to pay off?

Trading is similar. If you know there's overall interest in a stock, why wouldn't you consider buying it when prices pull back a little? That's what I look for - a pullback to test key support. In an uptrending stock, many times that first level of support is the rising 20 day EMA, which brings me to Target Corp (TGT):

It's become a leader in the broadline retail space ($DJUSRB). While retailers have been hit recently, TGT has maintained its leadership role. Therefore, I like entry into TGT at the current price and again if gap support closer to 100 is tested. I'd consider a tight closing stop just beneath with a target of 112.

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Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: co-founded Invested Central in 2004 and served as the site's Chief Market Strategist for more than 10 years. Invested Central provides stock market education and guidance for those interested in making their own financial decisions. During his tenure at Invested Central, Tom co-hosted Market Open LIVE, a national radio broadcast that covered many of the largest markets across the U.S. In addition, he has spoken at various conferences throughout the United States and Canada and has taught thousands of traders across the globe how to trade equities more wisely with an emphasis on managing risk and intermarket relationships. Learn More
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