As the market continues to flirt with all-time highs and merger mania is in the air, MoneyShow's Tom Aspray takes a technical look at a sector highlighted by Warren Buffett's most recent purchase of the iconic ketchup company.
The rising M&A activity has certainly helped keep the market's tone positive. Tuesday's close was the strongest we have seen since early in the month when another short-term trading range was also completed. Market internals were better than 2-1 positive and the NYSE A/D line has made another new high.
The buyout of H.J. Heinz Company (HNZ) has turned the focus on the food stocks and has given quite a boost to the S&P Consumer Staples sector, which broke out of a 12-year trading range last year. The gains have been dramatic for what is generally considered to be a defensive sector.
The Sector Select SPDR Consumer Staples (XLP) is up 8.9% so far in 2013 versus just a 7.6% gain in the Spyder Trust (SPY). With one food stock already in the Charts in Play portfolio, what other food stocks should you be watching?
Chart Analysis: The Sector Select SPDR Consumer Staples (XLP) closed above the early October highs, line a, on January 25. This makes $36.70 the first level of strong support.
General Mills Inc. (GIS) staged a marginal breakout in December as it overcame the resistance at $41.15, line d.
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