The weekly scan of S&P 500 stocks reveals not only those stocks that are vulnerable to profit taking, but also highlights those that may be the next market leaders. MoneyShow’s Tom Aspray has two he is watching closely.
Given last Thursday’s sharp rally and the surge in the NYSE Advance/Decline line, it should not be surprising that quite a few stocks are now overextended.
My weekly scan of the stocks in the S&P 500 reveals that quite a few stocks closed last week above or very close to their weekly Starc+ bands. As a reference, the Spyder Trust (SPY) closed last Friday at $147.92, which is 2.2 % below the weekly Starc+ band at $150.26.
It is important to remember that just because a stock closes above its weekly Starc+ band, it does not mean that the stock cannot still move even higher. But each consecutive week a stock closes either above its Starc+ or below its Starc- band, the odds increase that prices will at least consolidate, if not reverse.
As noted when gold was topping out in the summer of 2011, consecutive closes above the monthly Starc+ bands can warn of a change in trend that can last for many months.
On the top of this week’s scan is Pall (PLL), a diversified machinery stock that is part of the industrial sector. Last Friday’s close at $64.08 was 1.8% above the weekly Starc+ band at $62.93. It is one of two industrial stocks on the top 15 table.
Other sectors are more widely represented. Over 30% are financial stocks, as this sector has been doing quite well over the past few months.
Often, stocks that are completing bottom formations will turn up in this scan, which can signal investors or traders to develop a plan to buy on a pullback. Two of the stocks I am focusing on should be bought on a correction, while another is sending out strong warning signals.
Chart Analysis: Vulcan Materials (VMC) is a $6.3 billion industrial company that provides general construction materials. The stock soared last week, gaining close to 22%, and has been up for six days in a row.
Newmont Mining (NEM) is one of the more widely followed gold mining stocks. It has risen 33% from the July lows of $42.95. The long-term chart shows that the major chart resistance (line e) is now being tested.
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