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Two Drug Retailers That Could Be Very Compelling Buys


It wasn't too long ago that no one wanted to own a drug retailer ($DJUSRD), but after the group pushed to 9 month absolute and relative highs, a few stocks in the group suddenly became fashionable once again. Perhaps the biggest turnaround came in the form of PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS), which soared after its October earnings report was released. Check it out:

The volume was massive to accompany PETS surge in price. It's since pulled back considerably to test its rising 50 day SMA (blue arrow) and it's now climbing toward the level of its last price reaction high (red arrow). A breakout there would be a very good signal.

A much larger drug retailer resides in the Dow Jones - Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). It's pulled back from 63 to test gap support at 58.80 on lesser volume:

The short-term breakout above the September high is at 57.63 and the rising 50 day SMA is currently at 57.19. Both of these levels should offer up support, in addition to the gap support at 58.80. Furthermore, if we step back and look at the weekly chart, we have buy signals there as well:

I could make a strong case that WBA is now uptrending. That double bottom (black arrows) sets a bottoming pattern that confirms when the high between the two bottoms is cleared. That occurred roughly in the 55-56 area, which now provides support from a longer-term perspective.

The bottom line is that WBA should see tons of buyers emerge from the current price down to 55.00, where you can draw a line in the sand. In the current "no trading commissions" environment, buying a smaller number of shares frequently on dips is a new trading strategy since we don't have to worry about the cost of commissions. It could work beautifully here.

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Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist at, where he provides stock market education, guidance, and trading strategies using a unique combination of technical, fundamental, and historical analysis. Tom provides 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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