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Last week we had another week of gains as this bull market has extended outside the Bollinger Bands. The stair-step trend continues to hold higher and not wait for those looking for a pull-back. This is one of the most interesting/complicated dynamics that I've seen in a while as the performance anxiety runs rampant on Wall Street. As a market participant you have a road map, but you never know how fast or what type of composure the markets will follow to get there. All you can do is measure pivot inflection points and then make adjustments accordingly, especially if you approach it from an intermediate-term time frame.
We've had many of these spots to measure the strength and commitment to make choices, choices to stay long or cover shorts, since the year started. These areas are below:
1474 on January 17
1530 on March 5
1576ish on April 10
1597 on May 3
1636 on May 14
Today the futures are off a 1-2 handles after extending again last Friday. Micro support for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) stands at $166.50 then $165.73. The 8-day is at $164.66. New pivot resistance is $167.00.
Banks have been a nice focus in the past two weeks as they set up again for additional trades. At this point you I believe you could stay with them.
Goldman Sachs (GS) triggered above $151 and is now back at 2013 highs.
JP Morgan (JPM) triggered above $50 and had a nice five-day streak as consensus seems to be that Jamie Dimon is staying.
Morgan Stanley (MS) made a tremendous move since the gap up on May 3, then above the targeted $24 area.
Bank of America (BAC) gave another entry around $12.41 and still looks great.
MasterCard (MA) led the way for the credit cards above $558 and is at historic highs.
Visa (NYSE:V) was tricky but finally extended above $180.
Homebuilders (XHB) are creating another bull flag. See if you can get a trade above $32.55.
Tech remains filled with opportunities on different days.
Google (GOOG) is best-in-breed has rested a few days after monster run. It's doing some work above $900. For more momentum to increase I think it would need to clear $916-919.
Netflix (NFLX) gave two nice additional trigger buys at $210.50 then $220. It has rested a bit now, so it can stay above $235ish then perhaps it could go again above $245-248.
Amazon (AMZN) is getting interesting again as it's been in a channel since January. The big area is $270-275, perhaps it could get going above there.
Priceline (PCLN) has been on fire since earnings and was upgraded today. I would not chase this upgrade.
eEbay (EBAY) grinded all the way back near old highs and looks good but might need to rest first before getting above $57ish.
Apple (AAPL) hasn't impressed lately. Take some trades here and there. It needs to stay above $418-420 to keep any interest at all.
Yahoo! (YHOO) is up a bit as it buys Tumblr, a deal which is receiving widespread praise. It continues to be a nice spot to be this year.
MercadoLibre (MELI) finally triggered for some Friday above $124.
LinkedIn (LNKD) is still trying to repair its chart. It needs to stay above $179 for the possible chance for another trade above $185ish.
Facebook (FB) has lagged big time and is off most trader's radar. It needs to get above $27.50 with some force to change that.
Some set-ups that look poised to break out on an intermediate-term basis:
Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) has a wedge pattern developed for more than a year. The big level is $82 and the stock looks ready for a breakout.
Praxair (PX) broke above the downtrend trend line that started in April 2012 and is flagging above all key moving averages. It showed some relative strength Friday. Above $115.46 we could see a move back to $117 from April's pivot highs and higher prices after that. The stock has a macro uptrend support since August 2011. The company engages in the production, distribution, and sale of atmospheric and process gases, and surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Praxair has a market cap of $33.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry.
Corning (GLW) the first entry was on 4/24 when it broke above the downward trend line that has been controlled the stock since August 2011. GLW saw a nice move since as it gained 18% within one month, and looks like it's setting up to give us an additional entry above $15.66 which is the key resistance from November 2011's pivot highs. The stock also saw relative strength on Friday.
FMC Corp (FMC) has been grinding higher after finding some support at the 200-day MA in April. It's currently flagging above the 8-day after seeing a nice micro breakout move on 5/14. FMC looks like it's setting up for another breakout above $63.15.
Precision Castparts (PCP) saw a nice gap up from earnings and flagging nicely above all key moving averages. If it gets above $213, it could trigger the next round of buying. PCP is a Fortune 500 company that is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and manufactures metal products and components for the general industrial, power and aerospace markets.
Oil Servicers ETF (OIH) has a big level at $45 on the weekly chart. A move through this level with some volume could add some power to its recent rally as $45 marks a macro breakout level.
Anadarko Petroleum (APC) also has a year-long wedge pattern. The stock resumed well after the most recent pullback and looks poised for a breakout above $89.70.
Marathon Oil (MRO) is pushing into a major resistance level at $35.86 area. There is a macro wedge pattern that has been developing in this stock since 2011. It might make more sense to lean toward short-side for now as the stock just saw a big straight-up move since 4/22 but on a longer-term basis, MRO looks like it's setting up for a macro breakout above $35.86-36.
ConocoPhillips (COP) broke out of the ascending channel recently and is flagging nicely above the 8-day. It could see some continuation above $63.14.
Lululemon (LULU) is worth a look if it can get above $81.77.
Chipotle (CMG) also looks okay but needs to clear $377.
Metals continue to take it on the chin and have been in broken trends for months. Silver (SLV) in particular has been getting hammered since futures opened last night. Pivots have been important here as well. Intermediate guys could have made adjustments in the Gold (GLD) around $161, then macro guys around $148.50 and now we are back near reactionary lows of $130. Next big support is $124-127, which we mentioned many times as a spot it can get to in since the macro break.
Big Ben speaks on Wednesday, which will be the focus of the week.
I will look to create cash flow like everyone else, so lets try and put together a nice week before Memorial Day.
*DISCLOSURES: Scott Redler is flat