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Hasbro Hits Stiff Resistance Zone

by Arthur Hill

I do not often highlight stocks with bearish setups during a bull market, but Hasbro shows some serious weakness over the past year and looks poised to peak again.  First and foremost, the chart shows Hasbro (HAS) hitting a 52-week low in early April and this means the long-term trend is down. Also notice that the 50-day EMA is below the 200-day EMA and price is below the falling 200-day EMA. Hasbro recently broke a support zone in March and bounced back to this zone in April-May. A basic tenet of technical analysis is that broken support turns into resistance. Also notice that the Read More 

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Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Checks At Prior Highs

by Greg Schnell

The Gambling industry group has been performing well as of late. This week the chart of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is attempting to break to new highs. Technically, the stock is performing well. The SCTR is above 75, and the Relative Strength in purple shows LVS outperforming the $SPX. The recent consolidation since the beginning of the year looks like it is just setting up for the next leg higher.  The MACD looks extended here and the stock might need to pull back for a few days which might make for a safer entry. The consolidation range is $10 which Read More 

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These Two Materials Stocks are Looking to Lead

by Arthur Hill

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 Read More 

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Four Days From A Buy Signal In Gold?

by Greg Schnell

The Gold chart gapped below the 200 DMA again today. This is the fourth time in the last year. However, look at the trend after the gap down below the green moving average line. Approximately one week later, Gold reversed and started a long up trend in the three previous cases. If that is going to work again, we should see a bottom formation early next week. Below is the Bullish Percent Index for the gold miners. It was starting to look very bullish by rising above 50%. We'll see if we get a pullback. I am watching closely to see if this transpires because Read More 

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Pfizer Surges within Consolidation

by Arthur Hill

The healthcare sector is coming alive on Monday and leading the broader market. As with the S&P 500, this sector struggled in 2018 and the Health Care SPDR (XLV) is up around 1.5% year-to-date. SPY, for reference, is up almost 3% this year.  The chart below shows Pfizer (PFE) with a steady uptrend until January and an erratic range since late January. The range started with a sharp decline into early February and traced out a triangle of sorts the last three months.  Despite an erratic 2018, I still think the long-term trend is up Read More 

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Lowes (LOW) Constructs A Small Base

by Greg Schnell

Lowes (LOW) perked up today. The chart shape is nice with multiple technical signals. The Relative Strength is making a minor signal with a break of the downtrend on the purple area panel. The SCTR is moving above 50 in the top panel which is ok but not great. I like it when it pushes above 75. I think what is particularly encouraging about the chart is the price was outperforming the $SPX before the big correction in the indexes. It looks poised to resume the run after moving above major horizontal support today.  The MACD is also giving us a Read More 

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BHP Billiton Mines A New High

by Greg Schnell

BHP Billiton is a global mining stock. It continues to perform well and has consolidated recently. The commodity related stocks are trying to break out here. BHP, RIO and VALE succeeded this afternoon. Below is the chart of BHP. The SCTR has moved above 75, The full stochastics are surging  and can stay above 80 for a while. Price broke out to a new high. Volume looks quiet. But the quiet volume in November to December 2017 shows the stock climbing straight up.  The PPO has just given a positive cross. This looks very bullish indeed. If I have Read More 

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Ringing the Bell for Hilton

by Arthur Hill

Hilton (HLT) led the market in the second half of 2017 and then took a breather in 2018. This is looking like the pause that refreshes as the stock challenges resistance.  First and foremost - you know the drill - the long-term trend is up and this means I am only interested in bullish setups. HLT hit a new high in January and is above the rising 200-day EMA.  The stock fell back into April as it retraced 50% of its August-January run with a falling channel. Both the retracement amount and the channel are typical for corrections within a bigger uptrend.  Read More 

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General Electric (GE) Tries To Change The Trend

by Greg Schnell

General Electric (GE) is base building as we roll into May. The plummeting stock has stopped its free-fall and has now built a small head shoulders setup. Head and shoulders refers to a changing trend. The momentum is improving on each low and the stock starts to make higher lows which shows up as two shoulders around the low. The SCTR still is very low. The Relative Strength is very close to 3-month highs which is usually a good scan to run on stocks. It will take a while to work the SCTR higher and it is a long way to the 200 DMA at $18.58. One of the main components of the SCTR is the Read More 

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Discount Brokers Lead the Market

by Arthur Hill

The discount brokers are showing strength in the broader market with E-Trade Financial (ETFC) and Interactive Brokers (IBKR) hitting new highs in May. Schwab (SCHW) is breaking out of a small triangle, while TD Ameritrade is bouncing within a bigger triangle. A picture is worth a thousand words and the chart below shows all four with some annotations.  E-Trade and Interactive Brokers are the strongest because they have the freshest new highs. Schwab is close behind as it nears its March high. TD Ameritrade is the laggard, but the chart looks strong because a triangle is a Read More 

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